Arlington officer's act of kindness big hit on Facebook

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ARLINGTON -- Arlington Police Officer Brandon Evans' small act of kindness toward an elderly burglary victim has generated significant public praise on the department's Facebook page.

On Thursday, the department posted a photo and short story about Officer Evans, who helped a man in his 80s clean up after he had been burglarized earlier in the week. In just one day, the Facebook post drew more than 4,095 likes and 225 comments from residents who applauded the officer's compassion.

The crime happened on Monday. Even though officers arrived in less than 5 minutes to the man's east Arlington home, the burglars were already gone, police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Cook said. Officers Evans helped comfort the man, who had been burglarized before, and also swept and vacuumed up broken window glass inside the home.

Before the officers left the home, Officer Evans saw the man trying to cut a piece of plywood to cover up his broken window. So he stepped in, cutting the wood and boarding up the window for the man.

"When I asked Officer Evans what he was thinking, he said he could only think about his father and how he needed to do everything he could to bring dignity and respect back to this elderly man," said Cook, adding that Evans has been with the department about 5 1/2 years.

"Arlington Police response is more than just taking a report. It's about doing everything we can to restore order and justice to that victim thereby elevating community trust."

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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