TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Anytime it’s nice out, you’ll find Edwin Gonzalez outside playing his favorite sport, soccer.
Yet if you were to ask him where he got his ball, he would tell you a story even the best goalie wouldn’t see coming. Lindsay Rodriguez, Edwin’s sister, said last week her brother was playing outside and had been warned about kicking the ball too far.
“My dad told him to not kick it really hard,” Rodriguez said.
Just like any little boy might do, Edwin didn’t listen to his dad. Sure enough, one kick to hard, his ball rolled into the street. Ironically at that same time, a Topeka police officer was driving by.
“He didn’t see it until he popped it,” Gonzalez. said. “And then he came back, gave me the old ball, and he told me he’d give me a ball back.”
Officer Ralph Belt kept his word and returned with a new soccer ball. He even gave Edwin’s sisters police stickers.
The random act of kindness caught the attention of hundreds through Facebook. It was written by one of Edwin’s neighbors. The post explains how officer Belt replaced Edwin’s soccer ball.
When asked about the officer’s kindness, Edwin and his sister responded.
“They just try their best to be helpful,” said Lindsay.
“They’re not trying to be mean, and they’re helpful, and they try to save people,” said Edwin.