Woman publicly thanks APD officer for small act of kindness

Posted at: 11/15/2013 10:39 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In big cities, it's easy to feel lost and helpless.

So, imagine you’re Paula Escudero when someone shattered her night late last week.  Someone busted out the back window of the Santa Fe woman’s car, which was parked outside of an Albuquerque hospital where her mom’s recovering from surgery.

Escudero said she was afraid to drive the car home.

“It was pretty much the dilemma, for a few hours, until a policeman approached me,” she said.

That policeman wasn’t just any policeman.  He not only took a report, but then volunteered -- while off the clock -- to pick up a shop-vac from a nearby Wal-Mart so he could clean up a mess he didn't even make.

"To help me, I just thought that was an act of kindness I couldn't just let go,” Escudero said.

With the help of KOB Eyewitness News 4, she had the chance to meet Officer David Ritchie once again to publicly thank him.  She felt it was only fitting that the man who did right by his city.

Officer Ritchie said he was happy to help Escudero, but said he didn’t do anything special as an officer.

“We deal in the negatives.  And I think that if I don't feel -- I feel like if I've just dealt with negatives the entire week, it could be a downer. So, this is actually a selfish opportunity for me to feel better about my job,” he said.