CLEVELAND – A Cleveland police body camera was rolling Sunday as officers handled a routine call. Someone broke the basement window of an elderly woman’s home.
As they were taking the report, the woman told the two officers that she couldn’t fix it and didn’t have the money to get it repaired.
That’s when Officer Eric Newton decided he was going to do something no one expected.
“Want me to see if I can board it up for you?” Newton asks.
The woman, who is handicapped, was relieved.
She told Fox 8 that she was afraid to be in the house with the broken window, because someone could easily get inside the home.
Officer Newton says he couldn’t leave knowing the woman was home alone with an unsecured window.
“I wouldn’t want to be inside a house alone with an unsecured window,” Newton said.
Newton and his partner, Steve Schmitz, got wood and tools and boarded up the window.
Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, public information officer for Cleveland Police, said the officers’ actions helped the woman feel safe.
Steve Loomis, president of the police union, says he too is extremely proud.
“This wasn't something they had to do, they wanted to do it, this is the type of people they are,” Loomis said.