Officers Go Above and Beyond to Help Single Mom After Her Home Was Burglarized

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MODESTO -- A Modesto woman has a change of heart after two young officers go above and beyond to help her after a burglary.

Last Thursday, someone broke into a single mother's Airport neighborhood home and stole all her electronics, household goods like silverware, and even some of her son's winter clothing.

"It's frustrating because you work so hard for your things and then someone comes and takes them, like it's nothing," Angelica said.

"That's somebody that I see as working harder than I am pretty much. and I was like I gotta help her in some way or form," Officer Luis Arroyo said.

The 27-year-old Modesto Police officer and his 23-year-old partner Jorge Contreras said after they learned that Angelica was working and trying to obtain her GED to get ahead, and had just saved enough money to turn the cable on when her home was burglarized, they decided they were going to buy her a new TV with their own money.

"We wish we could do that for everybody we meet, and it was just good to see them react to it. That was the first time we ever did something like that and we didn't know how to go about it," Officer Contreras said.

And the cops almost didn't get a chance to do it, because that mother, Angelica, almost didn't give them the chance.

"I almost didn't call the cops, you know, because of all the stories you hear," Angelica said.

"Everybody's afraid to call the cops because they never show up here. I've had my things stolen two or three times, I call them, and they don't come," neighbor Salvador Ortiz said.

Ortiz told FOX40 sometimes it felt like the cops didn't care about the people who lived on his street because they didn't have much of a presence there.

But neighbor Elwood Hill said that wasn't the cops fault. He said the neighborhood was riddled with crime, and he understood that they could prevent or solve all of it.

"Them being there for her, that's great. If I can do anything to help her, let her know. My name is Elwood Hill, I'd be glad to help her out. I don't have much, but I have extra cookware, pots and pans she can have. I don't do much cooking no more anyway," Hill said.

That kind of generosity was proof that whether people wear a uniform or not, there are people in every neighborhood who care about their community, and want to help.

"The reason we put on this uniform is to help people, in the end," Officer Contreras said.

"Yeah, there's days when it doesn't feel like a job, it feels like you're talking to people, trying to make a difference in their lives and it doesn't feel like a job at all," Officer Arroyo said.

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