During this coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to assume when you see a police officer approaching that you might be unknowingly doing the wrong thing. A job as straightforward as mowing the lawn has suddenly required much more thought about whether it’s necessary – or even legal. 85-year-old Bill Hardman’s had thought this when two officers jumped out of their vehicle and approached his property in Logan.
“I was mowing the lawn yesterday and it was getting quite hot,” he told 9News. “And all of a sudden this great, big police van pulled alongside, and I was thinking ‘what the hell does he want?’ ” It was a shock. It was a shock for some of the neighbours too because they were out here having a look, wondering what the police were doing.” But in an act of kindness, the two officers simply offered to finish off the job.
In video posted to social media, two uniformed officers are seen chatting with Mr Hardman before one of them takes over. “He came over and he said, ‘it’s too hot for you to be out here mowing the lawn,'” Mr Hardman recalled.” He said: ‘I’d like you to go inside, get a glass of water and stay in there and I’ll finish it off for you’.”I thought that’s weird … but alright. We’ll do it. Anything to get out of it.”
The other officer then led Mr Hardman back inside and out of the heat on a 28-degree day. “It was a big help. A great help. He came in at the right time … it was hot yesterday,” Mr Hardman said.Mr Hardman added that he was pleased with the quality of the officer’s work. “He did a very good, quick job,” he said. “It was a really nice kind gesture and it’s really saved me a lot of trouble.”
‘We just wanted to give him a hand’
The officers who helped Mr Hardman have since been identified as Senior Constable Daniels and Senior Constable Holley. Snr. Const. Daniels said that now more than ever, it’s important to look out for our neighbours and vulnerable members of the community. “Looking out for the community is something we’re meant to do,” Snr. Const. Daniels said. “It was really hot out, and when we saw the gentleman mowing, we just wanted to give him a hand.”
Snr. Const. Holley said she was proud to work in an area with such a strong sense of community. “We’re really lucky in Loganholme because the community really does look out for each other,” Snr. Const. Holley said. “We’re just an extension of that sentiment.”