By PoliceOne Staff

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Wisconsin officer was recognized for his small but impactful act of kindness that helped a woman.

The Leader-Telegram reports that Eau Claire Officer David Chapin noticed a woman who was in distress after she dropped a Nintendo DS down a storm drain.

Chapin called another officer who brought a grabbing pole, but it was too thick to fit through the grate. The officer then contacted the City of Eau Claire Utilities Department to remove the gate, allowing Chapin to retrieve the handheld video game device from the storm drain.

The woman ended up missing her bus after the ordeal, so Chapin gave her a ride home. The Wisconsin Department of Justice praised Chapin for his good deed and recognized him with the Attorney General’s “Top Cop” honor.

“Law enforcement officers swear a duty to serve and protect, and they do this in big and small ways every day,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said. “Officer Chapin’s actions were small, but mattered to a local citizen. Whether it’s saving someone’s life or making someone’s day a little easier, Officer Chapin and Wisconsin’s law enforcement officers make me proud.”

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