Once he returned to his Polk County Sheriff's Office patrol cruiser, Sergeant Emmett Andrews noticed something tucked under his windshield-wiper blade he had not noticed earlier when he exited his police car. Sergeant Andrews examined the tucked item and realized it was a random act of kindness bestowed upon him by a grateful citizen. A greeting card welcomed the eyes of Sergeant Andrews in appreciation for his self-sacrifice on behalf of his community.
A citizen with the inclination to autonomously recognize the perilous and courageous efforts of law enforcement officers decided to place in a greeting card a Panera Bread gift card, along with the hand-written message: "Thank you for your service! God Bless :) Enjoy a meal on me!"
Although most law enforcement agencies have policies outlining and underscoring the prohibited acts of taking gratuities, this may be one exception to the rule.
Mr. or Mrs. "Autonomous" clearly felt it incumbent upon himself/herself to extend sincere appreciation to the uniform which represents self-sacrifice...and not necessarily to any one particular deputy.
Suffice it to say, Sergeant Emmett Andrews happened to be that Polk County sheriff's deputy on March 12, 2014, and his patrol cruiser utilized as an impromptu mailbox of sorts.
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