Viral post shows officer buying gas for widow who fell on hard times

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Courtesy: NBC4 Staff (WCMH)

A police officer in Michigan is getting kudos for kindness, and going above and beyond the call of duty.

He noticed an elderly woman in need at a gas station. She barely had enough cash to get a gallon of fuel.

Without making a big deal about it, he filled up her tank.

The story was posted on social media and generated a wave of goodwill in response to the officer’s kindness.

“I thought, ‘well that’s not going to get you anywhere really,'” Officer Todd Bing of the St. Clair Shores Police Department told WXYZ.

Dolores Marotta approached the cashier as a Citgo station this past Friday and requested three dollars on one of the pumps.

Officer Bing was standing in line behind her.

“I didn’t have a lot of money I had a couple dollars and a dollar in change,” said Marotta.

Once outside, Officer Bing offered to help her pump her gas. As she sat in her car, she started to notice it was taking a while.

“It seemed like he was putting in a lot of gas because I only told him three dollars.” Said Marotta.

As it turned out, Officer Bing put in an extra 20 dollars.

Marotta has been through a lot. She has struggled to make ends meet since her husband passed away a few years ago.

“I says God must have sent him there for me, you know?” said Marotta.

The owner of the gas station watched everything unfold and snapped a picture and put it in Facebook. The post has been shared more than 16,000 times.

People are now thanking officer Bing for his good deed and for putting his life on the line every day.

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