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Posted: October 13, 2017

Maine policeman doubles as cook for elderly man

Cumberland Police Department
Cumberland Police Department
Cumberland Police Department

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A police sergeant from Maine has sworn to serve, protect -- and if necessary, cook for his community.

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Cumberland police officials said Sgt. Thomas Burgess checked on an elderly man Tuesday. When he discovered that the man was low on food and not eaten that day, the 28-year-old law enforcement veteran swapped his police cap for a chef’s hat. 

Burgess delivered groceries to the man and then cooked him dinner, WGME reported.

“Thank you for everything you do Sergeant, day in and day out to make our community a better place to live,” Cumberland police wrote on Facebook. In a later comment on social media, the department added that Burgess did the dishes, started a load of laundry and took out the trash.

The original Facebook post has been liked more than 5,100 times and has been shared nearly 800 times.

Sgt. Burgess checked on a very nice elderly community member in town and discovered that he was running low on food and...

Posted by Cumberland, Maine Police Department on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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