BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
In the last few years the police have had more than their fair share of criticism, beratement and outright condemnation for their alleged brutality and inefficacy in enforcing laws in a civil and professional manner. I, therefore, would like to share the following story with the readers to cast a totally different light on our law enforcers.
Two weeks ago, my wife and I traveled to Tiberias to give a seminar. On the way, just outside the city, we stopped at a gas station, where my cellphone was lost.
Noticing this only an hour later, we called the manager of the gas station, who informed us there was 24-hour surveillance and, after reviewing the film, was able to provide us with license-plate number of the car driven by the thief. I promptly took this information to the Tiberias police station. I was amazed by the warm, cordial way I was received. They treated me like family and after an initial intake, connected me to a detective who immediately reassured me – with a thick Russian accent – “Don’t worry, I’ll get it.”
When I asked how he was planning to do so, he promptly responded – after hearing I was a neurologist – “I don’t ask you how to practice medicine, you don’t ask me how I get it.” His words came across in a warm, humorous fashion and I told my wife: “Don’t worry, we are going to get it back for sure!”
So when I received his call three days later, I was not at all surprised when he said, “I got it!” When he then requested I come to pick it up, I explained that I live in Jerusalem, whereupon he told me he would find some way to bring it to me, probably in a day or two. Sure enough, two days later, the police in Talpiot informed me that my phone was there. When I replied I was treating patients, they inquired where I was – and within 15 minutes a patrol car was outside my clinic in Givat Shaul, with two smiling officers inside who promptly returned my phone.
Indeed, we are quick to criticize, but how often do we pause to praise the really good people in our society for acts of loving kindness “beyond the call of duty.” DR. MOSHE DICKMAN Jerusalem