I found this story this morning while I was looking for Strange But True stories for today's Freezone in the Morning. It's a feel-good story out of Marion, Ohio.

There are some people that don't think highly of police. That might be because they have gotten tickets for speeding or doing something else wrong, you know, where the police are just doing their jobs. Yes, there have been videos that have surfaced over the years of police brutality, but when it comes right down to it that is a very small percentage of the men and women that risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe.

The police slogan is to protect and to serve, and in this case, they went above and beyond that call. According to Fox 17 News Nashville, Marion Police Lieutenant Shade was on duty Christmas Eve night when he responded to a call about a woman being locked out of her car.

While Shade worked to unlock the car, the woman told him that she had kids at home and had no money to buy them gifts. According to Fox 17 Nashville, that's when Lieutenant Shade went to work as Santa.

He took the single mom shopping and filled up a cart with gifts for her kids and paid for it himself. When other Marion police officers found out what he did, they gave him money towards the presents.

I believe everything happens for a reason, and I think it was more than a coincidence that the generous police officer was the one that answered this call. Not only did he help the woman out by getting her back in her car, but he made it a great Christmas for her and her kids.

I'm sure there were many untold stories of police officers helping out the citizens of their community over the holiday, stories that did not make the news. Next time someone says negative things about the men and women of law enforcement, remember that there are police out there doing nice things like this as well.

[via Fox 17 Nashville]