March 2, 2009

Officer thanked 21 years after good deed

A police sergeant in Kansas says he recently received a thank-you letter from a man he helped 21 years ago.

Overland Park police Sgt. Dan Carney said he received a letter and an $8 money order Wednesday from Alfred Edmond, who ran out of gas in Overland Park 21 years ago while on his way to a job interview from his home in New Mexico, KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo., reported Monday.

Edmond did not have enough money for gas so Carney gave him $8 to fuel up his bike. Edmond said he wrote down the police officer's name so he could send a thank-you, but he misplaced it and did not find it until much later.

I doubt if it means much to you now, but thank you for being there for me 21 years ago, and may God bless you always. Gratefully yours, Alfred, the note read.

Unbelievable, Carney said. One little comment, or a little thing here or there can mean so much to somebody. That's wonderful.

Carney said he does not plan to cash the money order.