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Woman catches police officers’ ‘kind-hearted gesture’

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RICHMOND, Va. — A woman is sharing a powerful photo of two officers with the Richmond Police Department assisting a man outside a convenience store.

Gail Jenkins said she is a lifelong Richmonder and has always supported law enforcement.

Jenkins was at the 7-Eleven on Chamberlayne Avenue last week when she spotted a Richmond Police cruiser pull up.

“As a supporter, I always make an effort to speak to officers when I have a chance,” Jenkins said. “As I waited for them to enter the store, I noticed they stopped and appeared to be talking to someone outside.”

When Jenkins came back outside, she said the officers chatted with a man who appeared to be “down on his luck,” so she waved to get their attention and waited to speak with them.

“As I waited, I noticed them go inside and come back with a sandwich and a beverage for the individual,” Jenkins said. “I couldn’t help but to snap a picture of this kind-hearted gesture. After the officers finished, I introduced myself and noticed that these were the same officers that I saw on the local news a few months back, purchasing a motel room for a homeless lady and her dog!”

As a result, Jenkins said she felt as if she knew the pair and was honored to meet them.

“I thanked them for what I had witnessed and thanked them for taking the time to speak to me,” she said.

Jenkins said officers Saunders and Costley invited her to come visit them anytime in the Fourth Precinct.

“Officers Saunders and Costley are truly heroes — in more ways than one,” Jenkins wrote. “I hope that you will spread the word about these two kindhearted officers and let them know that they are very much appreciated.”

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