CHARLES COUNTY, Md. — The Charles County Sheriff’s Office recently highlighted an incident that occurred at a local business that highlights the sometimes minor but good work our local police do.

“Meet Sergeant J. Cooney. A few weeks ago, he was patrolling a local business when he observed a woman who appeared to be in distress. As he approached, she told him she was locked out of her car.

The woman, who wrote a letter to Sheriff Berry about Sgt. Cooney, said, ”I am a senior citizen who still does what I can for my independence. I have a medical condition that sometimes renders me a little weak if I do too much.

On this particular day, it was hot. I had a cart full of groceries and when I went to load up my car, I realized I locked my keys in the vehicle. I went to call a family member, but my phone wasn’t working.

A few shoppers who were in the parking lot tried to help, but nothing worked. Then, almost as if on cue, Sgt. Cooney pulled up and offered to help me. He made me feel better with his kind demeanor. He was able to get my car unlocked, get the groceries in and help me settle down. In fact, he waited until he was sure I was okay and watched as I drove away.

I commend Sgt. Cooney for his kindness and compassion. My family and I are so thankful for the Sheriff’s Office and for their service.”

Thank you for bringing this to our attention! While much of this type of work is routine for officers, we sometimes don’t realize how much of a positive difference these actions make. We are so very proud to serve our communities.

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