July 17, 2019
This heartwarming story of Police Officer Dena Walker Pauly and her special friend, Bob, may well stick in your memory for life. We at C-Vine fully support and appreciate our Law Enforcement Officers – Police and Fire, First Responders. Is it any wonder why.
Thank you to the following for this uplifting story: WSB-TV, Kaitlyn Ross 11Alive, Fox 5 Atlanta, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bonnie Nirgude’ for C-Vine Network News
The truth is that this woman is a police officer and she met Bob only two years ago while she was on duty. Lawrenceville Police Officer Dena Walker Pauly’s life was changed forever when she was dispatched to a local pawn shop, where staff were unsure how to help him.
Life has not been kind to Bob. He’s been on his own since he was a child and has no known family. He was homeless most of his life and a stroke eventually left him non-verbal. His life is a series of sad stories strung together by poverty and loneliness.
Officer Pauly arrived at the pawn shop and was also unsure how to assist Bob, but she sensed he needed help and offered to take him home so he could show her what he needed. She was horrified when she saw Bob’s living conditions.
She may have been dispatched that day by police radio, but we have no doubt she was really sent by God. She immediately addressed Bob’s deplorable living conditions and taught him basic skills such as throwing garbage in the trash can rather than the floor. She’s ensured he has food to eat and routinely cleans his small apartment.
She eventually sought and received a Power of Attorney for Bob’s medical care. He’s been in the hospital since May and today was an important day for Bob and Dena.
Officer Pauly made the difficult decision to begin hospice care for Bob, so she held his hand and told him many times that she loved him. It’s quite possible she’s the first person to ever utter those words to this poor man.
This photo depicts the true nature of law enforcement officers. We are drawn to this profession because we care. We care so deeply that it hurts sometimes. We see the worst, but sometimes we also get to see the best. And we have opportunities to truly make a difference for people.
Officer Pauly, your dedication and commitment to your oath of office, and fellow man, embodies what it means to be a Police Officer. Stories like this happen every day, but because they don’t fit a certain narrative, no one hears about it.
An update from Dena:
Georgia Law Enforcement FB post, 7-16-19