London, Kentucky Police Department Receives Note From Man Thanking Them for Their Kindness 71 Years Ago

71 year ago, a couple took a trip to London, Kentucky where they received a meaningful note from the police department. The man kept the note all this time and just wrote the department to thank them for their kindness.

Seven decades ago, a young couple took a trip to London, Kentucky when they unknowingly parked illegally. Instead of receiving a ticket, the police officer left them a note.

The man kept the note for the past 71 years and just wrote a letter to the London Police Department thanking them for their kindness.

To London Police Dept,

Back in 1950 my bride and I stopped in your city for lunch & when we left, this little card was under my wiper. For two 17 yr. olds we didn’t have extra money for a parking ticket. My wife carried this card in all her wallets since then & we often talked about how kind your city is. I have lost her & just wanted to send this. Thank you.”

This is the card that the couple was greeted with back in 1950:

Police Chief Darrel Kilburn said they do not pass out these cards anymore, but that small acts of kindness will always be part of their culture. “Without cards, most of our stops I would say would probably just be giving some warnings,” said Kilburn. 

Kilburn said the thoughtful letter made him emotional. “Little teary-eyed for sure. I just thought how powerful it was,” said Kilburn. “He’s heartbroken, but at the same time I can tell he’s been a very blessed man and I’m sure 71 years ago, they’ve had a great life together.”

Kilburn said he plans to write a letter back to the man. The police department is also creating a memorabilia wall, where the letter will be hung “front and center.”

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