By Alexa Williams
MIDLAND - NewsWest 9 has teamed up with our media partners over at Townsquare Media. Each month, we'll be featuring someone from Midland Police, Odessa Police or Midland or Ector County.
This month, Officer Blandford was nominated for Peace Officer of the Month after his act of kindness. He responded to a theft and ended up buying a young boy what he stole.
Officer Blandford has been with the Midland Police Department for three years, but little did he know a typical theft call would turn into a moment he'll never forget.
"I was going to a call at Walmart off of I-20 and Rankin. It was a theft call under $50. When I got there I found a 14-year-old boy who had on a pair of socks," Blandford said.
The young boy had stolen a pair of shoes and some drinks.
"So I asked him, why did you steal the shoes and drinks? He said I stole the shoes because I'm wearing my little sisters shoes and they don't fit too well. And I asked about the drinks and he said they were for him and his sisters," Blandford SAID.
Officer Blandford knew he needed to help. He asked the Walmart employee if he could pay for the shoes.
"He wasn't stealing out of self-benefit and greed and just for that simple want. He was stealing for a need. He was stealing for self-preservation," Blandford said.
He said all the boy wanted was a pair of shoes that fit.
"I said here's the deal, I'm purchasing your shoes for you and whenever you put the shoes on every day I want you to see how you can do better than you did the day before. So he gave me a big hug and I let him go on his way," Blandford said.
For Officer Blandford, it was just another day on the job.