As most people believe how being robbed is one of the worst things that can happen to them, a world war II veteran could probably never imagine how reporting such a crime could trigger a series of incredible events that would turn his life for the better.

92-year-old Louis C. Hicks, from Austin, Texas who did a lot for this country and served in the war wasn’t having it easy in his old days. The poor man was living in a place with no proper heating which made it difficult for him to get cozy during the cold winter. 

One day, however, an unpleasant event turned his faith around. Someone started stealing tools from the shed behind his house, so the veteran contacted the Austin Police Department and reported the crime. 

When the officers arrived at the scene, they realized this man’s home was cold. Officer Chastity Salazar couldn’t help but notice how he struggled keep himself warm. 

“That’s just what we do as police officers,” Salazar said. “I had realized that he’s using the oven. I know that’s not safe. His gas is on.”

Thanks to Officer Salazar’s kind heart, veteran Hick was about to get everything he needed to have a decent life. That was the thank you Hicks got by the staff from the police department for serving the country. 

The officers got this man a brand new heater and arranged for him to receive an electric fireplace installed in his home. 

But the generosity of these good people didn’t stop there. Officer Bino Cadenas started visiting Hicks regularly just to make sure he gets essentials such as shirts and underwear, as well as chips and peanuts that he really loves. 

This loving man admits how he would never ask for help himself, but now that people offered it to him, he is happy to accept it. 

“I’ve never had no one to do nothing for me,” an emotional Hicks said. “After my mother passed away and left me to take care of my two sisters — nobody never did nothing to help me.”

“You hate to ask anybody ’cause sometimes they’ll frown on you, and I’m a true veteran,” Hicks said. “I won’t ask. I won’t ask.”

Officer Salazar is glad things turned for the best for this veteran who now accepts the kindness with an open heart. 

“He’s just offered me a lot of kindness, too,” Salazar said. “So to know that he’s also served, and now I’m able to serve and give back to people like him.”

“The things I’ve been trying to do since the ’40s. I’ve been asking for help and now it just came in. God is good,” Hicks said.

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