Kindness Caught on Camera

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:23 p.m. January 31, 2017

A photo of a Toronto police officer helping a blind man get to a demonstration on Monday is making its way through social media.

A man with a white cane holding the arm of TPS officer on a street
Staff Sergeant Jack Gurr helps a blind man get to a demonstration safely

While on duty outside the United States Consulate on January 30, where protestors had gathered to protest American president Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from certain countries into the United States, Staff Sergeant Jack Gurr went to the man’s assistance.

Assigned to Human Resources, Gurr works part-time as a Public Order officer and is summoned whenever there is a crowd-management event.

“I saw this gentleman heading towards the barricade that we put up and I asked him where he needed to go,” recalled Gurr. “He said he was going to the demonstration and I offered to help him get there if I could take his arm. He agreed and said he would follow me.”

Gurr said the gentleman was extremely grateful for the help.

While the photo of the officer performing the kind deed has received close to thousands of views and positive comments on social media, Gurr said he was simply doing what he’s trained to do.

“It’s just an example of what our officers are doing on a regular basis,” he said. “If I didn’t do it, one of our many officers out there would have. It just happened that we got caught on camera doing the right thing.”

A man with a white cane holding the arm of an officer
A Reddit user posted the photo of Staff Sergeant Jack Gurr helping a blind man get to a demonstration safely
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