A picture of a police officer from Mountain Home, Idaho, has gone viral on the internet. The picture shows Detective Kyle Holloway pushing an elderly man in a wheelchair when the heat was in triple digits.
“I was just doing my job,” said Holloway.
The elderly gentleman in a motorized wheelchair was stranded by the side of the main road in town. Another officer responded to the call that came in and Holloway had gone along to assist.
“Since his wheelchair wasn’t working I mean I’m not going to have him sit in the heat. Might as well push him home,” said Holloway. He caught hold of the handles of the wheelchair and started walking. This was no easy task since the man’s house was around a quarter of a mile away and the temperature was nearly 102 degrees.
“Very, very hot. I learned that I need to do more cardio and I was sweating pretty good,” Holloway said.
Holloway says that it was worth it and the discomfort wouldn’t stop him from doing it again. “I’m representing the Mountain Home Police Department, and if I can do that in a positive manner which I try to do every day then I’ve done my job,” he said.
Holloway believes this is part of his job and any other cop would have done the same thing if faced with a similar situation. “Part of our job is to take people to jail, but that’s not what we look forward to. We look forward to making sure that everybody goes home and they’re safe, go to work and they’re safe. That’s why we put on the badge,” he said.