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Buckeye police officer lends a hand to fix broken basketball hoop

Posted at 8:34 PM, Apr 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 10:38:52-04

A Valley man came across a police officer at his neighborhood park and figured there might be a problem. Little did he know he was about to capture a viral moment.

"I was like, what's going on?" said Buckeye Resident Owen Soba, who lives in the Verrado community. "(The officer) was like well this young man stopped me yesterday, his ball got stuck in the net because it was broken."

Soba told ABC15 on Friday a Buckeye police officer, drenched in sweat and standing on top of his SUV, was hard at work fixing a basketball hoop to help out a young boy.

"He did it literally out of the kindness of his heart, which is what makes it that much better," Soba said.

According to Soba, the officer spent two days working to fix the hoop. He snapped a picture of the officer to share with his friends on social media, not realizing it would soon garner hundreds of 'likes' and shares.

"It's nice when the good guys get caught doing the good things," Soba said.

The moment hit close to home for Soba, who is a retired detective from New York. He said the Buckeye officer did not want any recognition, but Soba says the moment is a small sampling of what many officers do every day.

"I'm just so used to seeing things that people share that are not always positive and I know for a fact there's a lot of good cops out there that do things for kids and communities every day," Soba said.