CI Heroes: Bloomington Cop Saves Christmas

Published 07/22 2014 10:56PM

Updated 07/22 2014 11:07PM


Good things happen every day.


We just don't always hear about it.

Most people don't want to be recognized, because, that's not why they do it.


But we think those people deserve to be mentioned.

Because they're the people making the world a little better, brighter.


That was certainly the case when Bloomington Police Sergeant Gary Sutherland was called to a burglary last year.


We're looking back on what he did that day.

And what's making him a CI Hero.



“It was just a little before Christmas, we had responded to a burglary."


A routine call for Sergeant Gary Sutherland.

But no matter how many of those be makes, it never gets easier.


“There was a couple of small children there, when we were dealing with the call. I realized this family had no Christmas presents. No tree, no decorations, just nothing Christmas about the home life there,” explains Sutherland.


The seven year old girl at the house knew what Christmas was, though.

She drew Sutherland a picture of a Christmas tree to take home to his kids.


“True victims when there's crime, they can't defend themselves. They have no control over the situation,” says Sutherland.


So, Sergeant Sutherland took control himself.

He donated whatever he could find to the family and he signed the little girl up for “Shop-with-a-Cop”, so she and her family could have a holiday.


“In that program, they picked out gifts for the mother and sister as opposed to presents for herself,” says Sutherland.


Sergeant Sutherland says it's what he and his colleagues do every day...


“All policemen do the types of things we did that day. We just don't come in and tell everyone about it at the end of the workday,” explains Sutherland.


…for no other motive, than to help their community.

Do you know a CI Hero? We can't wait to hear who turns up next!

Email us your nominations to ciheroes@wmbd


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