Officer responding to welfare check on elderly woman sees overgrown yard — so he grabbed a lawn mower

Most older people prefer living in their own homes to staying in an assisted living facility, but without help around the house, it can be difficult.

A Minnesota police officer is now being praised for going above his duties after he received a call to check on the welfare of an elderly woman.

After checking up on the woman, Officer Matt Siltala couldn’t help but notice her overgrown lawn.

“She said she doesn’t have anyone to mow for her,” Orono police said in a post on Facebook.

Matt grabbed the mower and cut the front yard.

Living by yourself and taking care of a household isn’t easy, especially when you’re a senior.

Fortunately, there are a lot of good people out there who recognize the value of protecting and serving our elderly.

Officer Siltala is one of these heroes.

Photo goes viral

In a now-viral photo, the police officer is seen pushing a mower through overgrown grass beside an elderly woman’s driveway.

“I cannot say how proud stuff like this makes us,” said the Orono police staffer who wrote the post.

The police who wrote the post also took the opportunity to post a joke.

“Not sure why Officer McCoy, who took the picture, couldn’t grab the trimmer,” the unknown staffer wrote.

The picture received a lot of attention, and several people in the Orono community reached out and wanted to help.

“We have had a few people inquire about helping this resident. We will do some checking and get back to those who have shown interest,” the police wrote in an update.

I cannot say how proud stuff like this makes us. Officer Matt Siltala was called to this residents home on a welfare…

Posted by Orono Police Department on Thursday, 6 June 2019

This great gesture deserves respect. It’s also an important reminder of what a fantastic job many police officers do every day!

Kindness and compassion need to be taught from a young age.

Love wins again. Thank you to the officer who took the time to help this lady.

Remember, you will be elderly some day.

Thanks officer for helping her, God bless you. Share if you agree!