Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Integrity is never "off duty"

Since August, this blog has posted almost 200 "crumbs of comfort," and just exceeded 6,000 page views from half-a-dozen nations. Today's crumb is a news release from the Indiana State Police Post in the rural town of Bremen. It was reported with characteristic Hoosier modesty.

A quick shopping trip to a South Bend Walmart last Saturday night for an off-duty state trooper took longer than expected. Corporal Robert Leffert had just parked at the Walmart on Ireland Road and was walking into the store when he noticed a black wallet on the ground in the parking lot. He discovered it contained $179 in cash plus a credit card, and a driver's license belonging to Leonardo Morales. Leffert entered the store and asked to have Morales paged. When no one answered the page, Leffert assumed Morales had left the store. He took the wallet to his car and checked his map to discover Morales address was close by.

Corporal Robert Leffert, ISP

Leffert was able to locate Morales at his residence. He explained where he found the wallet, and Morales offered to thank him with food, but Leffert declined, saying, "I have groceries I need to get home." Leffert has been with the department since 2008.

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