Sharon Markle was struggling to mow her lawn in the sweltering July heat when Pennsylvania Police Officer Bridgette Wilson pulled up to her house in a patrol car.
But Officer Wilson wasn’t there to arrest anyone, instead she “commandeered” Markle’s lawnmower and told her she would help her cut her grass.
“She said I’m taking over and she grabbed the mower and started mowing the grass,” said Markle. “I’m like wow I couldn’t believe and I said ‘Are you sure?’ and she said ‘Yeah go sit down! Your face is all flushed,’” she continued.
A local man named Ryan Brunner recorded Officer Wilson’s random act of kindness and posted it to Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
Markle, who suffers from arthritis, was grateful for Wilson’s surprise offer to help. “I’ve never had anybody really do anything like for me just come in and take over, she’s awesome,” she said. “I have like 75% arthritis in this knee that’s really been bothering me lately and some days are easier than others.”
When Wilson finished cutting the grass, Markle asked her if she owed the officer anything. “Just a smile,” she responded.
“There are good people out there that are willing to help,” Markle said. “I’ll always be thankful to her.”
Proving Markle’s point, Ryan Brunner, the man responsible for recording the viral video, was so inspired by the selfless act he’s volunteered to take care of Markle’s lawn for the rest of the summer.