Moline Police officer credited for going above and beyond the call of duty

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - If a picture is a worth a 1,000 words, the message in a picture taken by a Moline woman is priceless.

The picture showing an officer changing the tire of a broken down motorist was shared on a Snapchat account and then posted on social media.

“You don’t see that every day,” Paige Dickey, who took the picture, said. “It was a good experience.”

The officer’s good deed happened on Friday, November 9, near Coolidge School when he was dispatched to a motorist in distress.

"I look at as if I was to help my Grandparents,” officer James Maurer said. “I would do the same thing that, hopefully, someone would do the same thing if I was on the side of the road, they'd help me out."

Office Maurer’s action took place on a night of record-breaking cold temperatures.

"I was somewhat warm but my face and fingers were cold,” Maurer said.

The picture has been shared on Facebook dozens of times. Dickey said she is shocked that it is getting the attention it is.

“I think it is awesome,” Dickey said. “Cops should get more attention like this every day. People don’t realize what cops do.”

Maurer has been with the Moline Police Department for two-years. He said he was just doing his job and isn’t sure why he is getting the attention he is.

"She kept saying thank you,” Maurer said. “She [said she] has never seen an officer to stop and help change a tire. I advised her that we are here to help. It is an honor but I wasn't doing this so everyone would say 'look at what he is doing'. I was doing it to help someone out."