Police forgo citation, instead mow lawn for cancer patient

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman battling cancer expected the worst when two police officers showed up at her home in response to complaints from neighbors that her grass was up to 3 feet high in some places. What she got instead was help.

The Gaston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2cpamcf) 55-year-old Sonya Champion had a broken lawnmower and mounting health bills.

Sgt. Bob Battle and Officer Kevin Murphy from Gaston County Police went to Champion’s home in Mount Holly. But instead of writing a citation, Murphy went to his nearby home, changed out of his uniform and came back with his riding lawnmower to cut the grass himself.

Champion said she couldn’t do anything but cry at Murphy’s kindness last Sunday. Murphy said he believed it was the right thing to do.


Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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