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Police Officers Notice 92-Year-Old WWII Vet Using His Oven To Keep Warm, You Won’t Believe What They Do Next

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So many people take health and youth for granted, but old age creeps up before you know it. If you don’t have a healthy nest egg or a devoted family, the financial uncertainty of old age can be a frightening thing.

That’s where the community steps in, especially those tasked with protecting and serving the community.

For one sweet man in Austin, Texas, his local police became a ray of hope in his cold, lonely world.

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When 92-year-old Louis C. Hicks found that someone had been stealing tools from his shed, he called the police to file a report.

Officer Chastity Salazar arrived at Hicks’ home to take his statement, but she made a startling discovery that left her in fear for the gentleman’s safety: Hicks had been using his gas oven and a fan to heat his home.

“I had realized that he’s using the oven. I know that’s not safe. His gas is on,” Salazar explained to local news outlet KVUE.

Salazar wasn’t content to simply return to work knowing that Hicks, who had served his country with honor in World War II, was in danger in his own home.

Hicks needed a safe way to keep warm, and Salazar was going to see to it that he got it. “That’s just what we do as police officers,” she said.

Salazar reached out to her fellow officers at the Austin PD and, with the help of several local nonprofits, she was able to return to Hicks’ doorstep with a tremendous gift.

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Salazar was able to find a heater and, not long afterward, an electric fireplace! For the first time in who knows how long, Hicks could be comfortable—and safe—in his home.

“I’ve never had no one to do nothing for me,” Hicks said in a tearful interview with KVUE. “After my mother passed away and left me to take care of my two sisters — nobody never did nothing to help me.”

Another of Austin’s finest, Officer Bino Cadenas, began making regular trips to drop in and check on Hicks, as well as take note of other basics he may need.

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“Big things are coming his way,” Cadenas tweeted, excitedly reporting that the APD had been able to connect Hicks with various community supports and even find some long-lost relatives.

Salazar knows it breaks Hicks’ heart of gold to be in a position to need charity, but she is thankful he’s accepting the help of his community.

“He’s just offered me a lot of kindness, too,” she said. “So to know that he’s also served, and now I’m able to serve and give back to people like him.”

As for Hicks, the sudden outpouring of help has shown him one thing abundantly clearly: God has His hand on him: “The things I’ve been trying to do since the ’40s. I’ve been asking for help and now it just came in. God is good.”

 

 

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WATCH: This Cute Gender-Reveal Prank From a New Dad Will Make Your Day

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Gender-reveals are all the rage these days, whether they’re organized after an early ultrasound or right in the hospital.

This humorous dad decided to add a little spice to the good old fashioned “it’s a boy/girl!” revelation to family and friends waiting to hear the good news after their baby girl was born.

In a post shared to Instagram that has now been viewed nearly 80,000 times by Gender Reveal Videos, the happy dad walks out into the waiting room where anxious family members wait to hear if they’ll be buying pink or blue baby gear for the newest member of their family.

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With a big grin on his face, he slowly unzips his shirt, revealing a blue shirt. The family squeals with excitement and then explode in happy hysterics to see his little prank: although the shirt is blue, the writing reads: “It’s a girl!”

Their excitement and tears, which likely would have been just as blissful if it had been a boy, just warm your heart. There is just nothing quite like a brand new baby, and especially when there are so many people around to celebrate the good news.

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Teacher Shocked to See 7-Year-Old Student Riding Bike on the Highway. Then She Found Out Where He Was Going.

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If you spend a lot of time as the sole caretaker for small children, it has likely occurred to you more than once what your children would do if you for one reason or another became incapacitated.

Would they know how to call 911? Would they know how to find a neighbor to come help? Or the most dreadful question of all…could they end up in harm’s way somehow themselves?

A little boy in South Carolina is being praised after his bold actions when he came home to discover his father in a diabetic shock. However, he put himself in a rather dangerous situation in order to try to find his father help.

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Cameron Simoncic told his local TV station WSPA that he had returned home from a day of second grade on Wednesday when he found his father on the kitchen floor, unconscious from diabetic shock, and knew that he needed to take immediate action.

“My dad has diabetes,” the second-grader told the local Carolina outlet, “and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function.”

Cameron went to dial 911 on his father’s phone, but said he was locked out of his dad’s cell. And when the little boy went over to his neighbors’ houses, nobody was home.

“So I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandma’s,” Cameron explained.

As he was dodging cars on the 5-mile ride, his first-grade teacher, Keller Sutherland, hadn’t recognized the familiar face before deciding that she needed to pull over.

“I just told my husband, I said, ‘There’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on,’” Sutherland told WSPA.

To her surprise, the little boy was her former first-grade student. Cameron quickly told the teacher what was happening at home and Sutherland helped him remain calm, while another two men who pulled over called 911.

Sutherland says she has no doubt she was placed in her student’s path at just the right time, and thank God she was!

“There’s no doubt that God placed me where he did when he needed me,” she said.

Amen to that—what a blessing, and bless this sweet boy for being so brave!

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