NC police officer’s act of kindness helps new resident in town

When David Johnson (R) called to report his missing wallet, he was lucky Cpl. Dustin Melton (L) with the Leland Police Department took his call.  (Source: WECT)
When David Johnson (R) called to report his missing wallet, he was lucky Cpl. Dustin Melton (L) with the Leland Police Department took his call. (Source: WECT)

LELAND, N.C. (WECT) — When David Johnson called to report his missing wallet, he was lucky Cpl. Dustin Melton with the Leland Police Department took his call.

Johnson recently moved to Leland from Boston. Last week, he was distracted by a family emergency, and left his wallet on the trunk of his car before driving away.

“When you’re down here alone, you don’t really know anybody and the last thing you want to do is lose your ID,” he said. “No wallet, no ID, no money, and kind of out of luck.”

With no local bank, Johnson didn’t have many options. He called to file a police report, but Melton wasn’t optimistic about recovering it.

“Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot we can do, if it’s gone it’s gone,” Melton said.

After taking his information, Melton decided there was something he could do and drove to Johnson’s home and gave him $100 to help him get through the rest of his move.

Johnson said he was told not to worry about paying him back until he was able and said as a newcomer to the area, the gesture means a lot.

“Down in the South everybody is ready with a wave, a smile, an open door and an open hand,” Johnson stated.

Melton said it’s just part of the job to do what he can to help, and something every police officer would do if they were able.

“It all comes down to putting yourself in their situation, and hoping somebody would do the same for you,” Melton said. “My number one rule is the golden rule, and it goes back to kindergarten, treat others the way you want to be treated.”

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