Vinton officer mows grass after medical call

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VINTON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- It was a no-brainer for Captain Eric Dickinson, a Vinton police officer, to finish mowing an elderly man's lawn after he fainted and was taken by ambulance Monday afternoon.

"It was just a standpoint that it's hot and he's not feeling well and it need to get done and I'll get this done. It was just the right thing to do at that moment," Dickinson said.

Little did Dickinson know that his small act of kindness would have a huge impact on Facebook and social media.

One Facebook user wrote, "I don't know who the officer is, but I want to thank him and the Vinton Police Department for the way he is setting an example and how they are serving this community!"

Dickinson said his act is nothing new in everyday law enforcement personnel.

"I would hope that people would look at that picture and understand that's the kind of thing that's going on in your community on a daily basis, whether it's the big city in the county or the smallest village," Dickinson said. "That's what's going on on a regular basis. That's what your local law enforcement is doing on a regular basis."