A Kentucky police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when he rushed to comfort a grieving woman who pulled over to the side of the highway after learning her sister passed away.
Barbie Henderson was driving along Interstate 65 in Hillview, Kentucky when she received the heartbreaking news.
Completely overwhelmed and hyperventilating, Henderson called 911 for assistance.
Officer John Nissen responded to the call. He told Wave 3 News that though he wasn’t sure what was going on, he could tell she was distressed.
“I wanted her to feel treated the way I would want my family treated,” he said to Wave 3.
And in a matter of moments, Nissen made it to Henderson’s side.
Henderson said to Wave 3, “I couldn’t concentrate or anything. I was so upset, screaming and hollering.
“The officer came in my car and sat and talked to me. He wiped the tears from my face. He gave me some water. He made sure my air conditioning was up high.”
Sondra Barlow, Henderson’s other sister soon arrived on the scene – and was completely shocked at what she saw.
“He was family,” Barlow said to Wave 3. “I mean, he was the one who sat there with her when she was crying about losing our sister.
“He was sitting there in the car right next to her. He was holding her hand, wiping her tears and talking to her.”
Barlow wanted others to see the touching moment, so she took a picture of Nissen embracing Henderson and posted it to the Hillview Police Department’s Facebook page.
“Sometimes the very people you least expect to care are the ones who will,” she wrote, adding: “Officer Nissen was more than an officer yesterday. He was a person with a heart to understand this was a lady who just lost her sister and heard the news over the phone. From there on he took care of my sister.”
She finished the post saying: “During a time we hear so many negative things about the Police, I want the world to know my Police Officers care!!!
“They are thoughtful, compassionate, go beyond the standard and I appreciate them. The Barlow Family appreciates them!!
“I'm a proud Hillview Resident!”
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