I have been really down on LEOs for the past several years because of abuses by a few and a trend towards militarization of our police departments and a propensity to use all the new federal toys that they are given. I would like to start this thread to honor those Policemen that do take their responsibility to Protect and Serve seriously; they truly are heroes and we should thank them. I came across this article and wanted to share it and I like invite those of you that wish to contribute to go right ahead. I will be sharing some really good personal experiences as this thread develops that I have had the good fortune of experiencing and would hope that some of you might feel the same. Heroes to a Stranger You can't put a price on officers who will go the extra mile for those they serve. This story should be taught in every police academy and inservice training class. It's about a couple of cops who went above and beyond for a woman from another country. There were no cameras or reporters or rewards. They just did it. Somewhere, presumably, there was a shift supervisor who recongnized what these officers were doing and didn't stand over their shoulder barking out orders to "get back on the road." Finally, some boss saw that the story of this simple kindness needed to be told and made put the wheels in motion for the press to learn about it. From the Hudson Reporter: Lost in translation Chinese tourist gets stranded; spends night with Weehawken police By Jim Hague 04/15/2007 A Chinese female senior citizen tourist, who couldn't speak a word of English, was inadvertently abandoned by a tour bus at Weehawken's Hamilton Park late Monday night and it took about 10 hours to determine her identity and where she belonged. According to Weehawken Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Fulcher, 66-year-old Yin Feng Liu was vacationing in the area. She was traveling with a tour bus that stopped at Hamilton Park Plaza around 11:55 p.m. to see the Manhattan skyline, like hundreds of thousands other tourists do every year. However, when the time came for the tour bus to leave, the driver forgot about Liu and drove off, leaving the senior stranded at the park. "Someone called us to say that Ms. Liu was left wandering at Hamilton Plaza," Fulcher said. Police officers Angelo Papadapoulos and Robert Jacobsen were sent to the scene and spotted the woman wandering around the park. They somehow managed to convince the woman to return with them to Weehawken police headquarters, so they could find out where the woman belonged. "Obviously, communicating with her was a problem," Fulcher said. "She could only speak Mandarin Chinese. We searched all over to find a translator." The on-duty Weehawken officers called the New York Police Department and they found a police officer in the Fifth Precinct, identified as Officer Cheng, who spoke fluid Mandarin. "The officer was able to determine that the woman was part of a 32-person tourist group," Fulcher said. "She remembered the name of the tour guide, but that didn't help. She knew that she had stayed at least one night at a Holiday Inn, so we checked about 25 different Holiday Inns in the area. We canvassed the entire area of northern New Jersey and New York and couldn't find a match. We called all over to see if anyone filed a missing persons report. Again, no luck." So the Weehawken police did their best in trying to make the Chinese visitor feel at home. "She was actually pretty calm and pleasant," Fulcher said. "Officer Brian Mera took care of her and got her some tea and food." The search continues While the woman was being fed and kept comfortable, the other officers were busy trying to find out who she was. "We called the Chinese Embassy, but there wasn't anyone there late at night," Fulcher said. "We called U.S. Customs to see if anyone had reported her missing. We even reached out to the local airports to see if they had plane tickets with her name on it. Again, nothing. We did a lot of phone research." But the identity of the lost Chinese woman wasn't determined throughout the early morning hours. A happy ending A little after 9:30 a.m. the next morning, a very apologetic bus driver named Xin Li, who worked for Mona International Travels, a travel agency based in Fresh Meadow, N.Y., arrived at the Weehawken police station to pick up his lost tourist. "He apparently backtracked and went to every place that the bus had been," Fulcher said. "He was very sorry, but the two were reunited." Fulcher said that throughout the morning hours, the Weehawken police made the woman an honorary police officer, complete with a makeshift badge. "She was very calm throughout the whole ordeal," Fulcher said. "We kept her safe and gave her a couple meals. We had her for about 10 hours, but there was a happy ending." The tourist continued on her tour of the United States with the remainder of her group. Fulcher said that the bus driver was not charged with anything. "It was purely a mistake that they left her there," Fulcher said. "We were happy to help her."