(CNN)- Officer Michael Rivers came to know many faces of the homeless in his society been with the Goldsboro Police Department in North Carolina for 9 years back. But on Wednesday, he came to meet a homeless woman that he had never met before. What caught him the most was her shirt which was simply saying “Homeless. The fastest way of becoming a nobody.”
Once he found her, his window was down and they started to see each other. The start was acknowledging each other with a simple “Hey”. Even though he drove the vehicle away there was something kept pulling him to go back. This was what Rivers said.
“God put it on my heart to get her lunch,” this was the original response by the 29-years-old officer to CNN. “So I turned around and asked her, “Hey, did you eat today?” And her answer was “No”.
So by then, he took pepperoni and cheese pizzas from the pizza shop nearby and simply take a seat down on the grass. And that is right next to her. The pizza was really good as always. But what was the greatest is the conversation.
It was almost 45 minutes; they took for each other to share some facts about their lives. Rivers and found the lady as Michelle in her name. This was a very heartwarming moment. And that was frozen to a picture by a passerby. And what interesting there was, her husband has shared this on Facebook.
“Law enforcement does so much for our community, with a lot of it going unnoticed,” Chris Barnes was the one who shared this Facebook post together with a catchy caption. And it was a super hit winning 1,000 likes and more than 3,000 shares.
And Barnes added, “We see you Goldsboro P.D. Keep up the good work”.
As to what they talked about, Rivers found Michelle having a 12-year-old daughter who is fighting for liver illness who is in foster care by now. And she also has a son of 23-year-old. And as her words came out, her husband is also homeless.
When they finished their meal together, they headed in distinct ways. But Rivers said the contact they built made him comprehend that he himself and Michelle were the same in how they are observed by the public.
People having no home are often rejected by the society and said responsible for the terrible situation upon them.
For the time being, he feels something similar in focus the police officers as they are framed in a negative light as people are centric on “bad apples.”
But as to Rivers “homeless people are just people who are down on their luck”. And as he states, “It can happen to anybody”.
And as he furtherly stated, he didn’t reach to be a police officer as he wants to ruin a person’s day.
Rivers said, “I come to work and my method is, ‘Who can I bless today? Who can I make a smile?”
“I’m not the one that wants to take somebody’s father or mother away and put them in jail.” He explained his thoughts on his career.
Police Chief Michael West stated that he saw the picture going viral on social media and much-admired Rivers for his good work.
“The circumstances around our job are often an unpleasant call to service, but this picture just shows we’re human like anyone else and any chance we get to serve the community and help people, we take that chance,” this is what West came telling to CNN. “I’m very fortunate to have Officer Rivers in our department.”