A Georgia police officer is being commended for a favor he did Tuesday morning for a man that walked nearly 30 miles over eight hours to court in freezing temperatures.
According to WSB-TV, a Fulton County man, only identified as “James,” walked 29 miles to court on the coldest day of the year in two decades for a traffic citation.
Temperatures plunged to just 6 degrees, with a wind chill making the air feel like minus 10, but James, reportedly afraid that if he did not show up a warrant would be issued for his arrest, still made the long trek — leaving his house at 1 a.m. to be on time.
“No way to get up there, so I walked,” James told WSB-TV, adding that his car was totaled in an accident and saying he didn’t have the money for a bus or cab.
[sharequote align=”center”]”As soon as the air hit my lungs it took my breath away because of the wind.”[/sharequote]
“As soon as the air hit my lungs it took my breath away because of the wind,” he added. “That was the major thing, the wind.”
After James had settled his ticket, the man started walking back home.
That’s when officer Andy Blimine stepped in with a simple gesture: to pay his cab fare.
At first, the man refused, but Blimine insisted and he and a few other officers chipped in to cover James’ $80 cab fare.
Now, Blimine is being praised for his selfless actions.
“You could see in the man’s eyes that he was genuinely touched, as I was,” Lt. Chris Dusik said. “I’m truly proud of how Officer Blimline represented the city.”
James thanked the officers, holding back tears.
“Thank God for those officers,” he said.
Follow Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) on Twitter