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Officers mow senior’s lawn and learn the touching reason why he’s so exhausted
The 83-year-old was struggling to mow his lawn so the officers decided to lend him a hand. But little did they know - he'd be the one inspiring them.
Patricia Lynn
08.15.22

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. But it’s even more amazing to watch someone who does so much for others be on the receiving end of a good deed.

When a pair of Anaheim officers decided to pull over and help an elderly man with his yard, little did they know – they were lending a hand to an extra-special person.

Lupe Robles was mowing his lawn on an 85-degree day.

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While that is not too hot for Southern California, it IS quite hot if you are 83 years old, like Robles. But he was outside, sweating and working hard to help ensure that his lawn stayed healthy.

The cops were patrolling nearby, and when they saw Robles they knew they couldn’t let him work so hard alone.

Alex Ungureanu and Lorenzo Uribe are two Anaheim police officers. When they drove past Robles street they noticed that he seemed to be struggling with his lawnmower. Knowing that working too hard, and in high temperatures at his age can pose health risks, they stopped their police car and offered to take over mowing.

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Uribe explains their reasoning to LA’s CBS Local:

“Part of our duties is to help our citizens. And I think, based on the call we were on, this was a priority.”

So the cops got right to work.

While Officer Uribe went to the lawnmower and started mowing the grass, Officer Ungureanu began to prune trees and see what else they could help Robles with.

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Robles’ neighbors were so blown away by the officer’s actions that they began to record them working on his lawn. For his part, Robles was also extremely grateful. In fact, Robles spoke through Officer Uribe, using him as a translator to explain what the actions meant to him:

“I was very grateful, I was very happy. They are totally awesome…good friends now.”

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YouTube Screenshot - CBS Los Angeles

The reason the senior was so exhausted is because he’d spent his day performing acts of kindness.

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You really do reap what you sow! Robles had been helping his neighbors out all day. Since dawn, he had been in his neighbor’s yards mowing their grass and watering their plants. He did this all for free and simply out of the kindness of his own heart.

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Turns out, this is just normal for him. Robles has been helping his neighbors like this for as long as he has lived in the community, the past 13 years. So, it really is perfect that the cops stopped to help him with his own yard and gave him a break during the hot day.

Robles’ neighbors have nothing but praise for their selfless neighbor.

While the neighbors were amazed and touched by the officer’s kindness, they also really admire the consistency and dedication that Robles puts into helping others.

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One neighbor shared his admiration by telling this story:

“This man works from like 6 or 7 o’clock in the morning, til almost dusk. And I get tired just watching him sometimes, and I’m a lot younger than he is!”

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Another neighbor commented:

“I watch him come in here, and sometimes he’s here when it’s dark!”

Both the officers and Robles deserve praise for their good deeds.

The officers even mentioned that Robles has become their new role model because of how hard he works. As these three men prove, doing hard work to make life better for other people is always worth it.

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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