In the town of Hamburg, near Boston, Mass., there is a happy five-year-old child celebrating their birthday. The situation could have turned out very differently, but when Hamburg Police Officer Bret McCabe was called to a local shop for a shoplifting call, he rose to the occasion. He saw that some of the items the woman had attempted to steal were birthday gifts for the five-year-old. The officer took it upon himself to buy a birthday gift using his own money for the child, ensuring a positive end to this police encounter and a happy birthday for the child. In a social media post about Officer McCabe’s act of kindness, the Hamburg Police said, “Officer McCabe’s actions are a direct reflection of his character. He embodies the values of the Hamburg Police Department…. We are proud to call Officer McCabe one of our own.”

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