South Bend Police Officer helps pedestrian using wheelchair cross busy intersection

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - An officer with the South Bend Police Department is being lauded for his act of kindness toward a resident in need Tuesday morning.

Witnesses at the intersection of Sample and Main streets said an officer with the department got out of his vehicle to help a man who was struggling to cross the street in his wheelchair.

That officer, later identified as Chaplain James Burns, pushed the man across the street so he could warm up inside a nearby gas station.

In a statement, SBPD said, “Our officers do these kinds of things every day...but we often don't hear about it unless someone takes the time to call or write in. Thank you for helping us recognize Officer Burns!”

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