A California Highway Patrol cop is being praised after he assisted a woman with a hearing impairment get an ID at a DMV in the Historic South-Central area.
Initially, CHP was called out to a report of a disturbance at the Department of Motor Vehicles office at 3615 S. Hope Street, according to the agency.
Officer Parra Rodriguez was the first to respond to the visibly distraught woman. He quickly discovered the woman was distraught because she was trying to communicate using American Sign Language, which no one at the office understood, according to CHP Officer Robert Gomez.
Thankfully, Rodriguez knew sign language and was able to use it to help the unidentified woman apply for an identification card.
The officer even paid for it out of his pocket when he learned she didn’t have enough to cover the cost herself, Gomez said. He described the officer’s work as “excellent,” noting he went “above and beyond.”
CHP’s Central Los Angeles Division posted a video of Rodriguez helping the woman to the agency’s Facebook page, and many were quick to praise Rodriguez in the comments below the video.
One user commented: “We need officers like this this is their job helping the public not killing them praise the Lord for Officer Rodriguez.”
While another said: “Wow this is so awesome to see law officers showing so much kindness & compassion this what we really need to see a lot more of God Bless y’all for what y’all did.”
In other news, a Los Angeles police officer is being credited for saving a toddler’s life this past January and it was all caught on body cam video.
The Los Angeles Police Department posted a video showing a panicked man holding an unresponsive child as he flagged down the officer. The officer took the child and quickly realized she was choking.
He then flipped her over and gave her several sharp claps on the back dislodging whatever was blocking her windpipe. The girl was taken to the hospital and thankfully, made a full recovery due to the Los Angeles police officer.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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