Reader-submitted: An Act of Kindness by a Lakewood Police Officer

reyes[The following letter and attached photo were submitted to TLS by a reader]: Caring, kind and selfless are some of the adjectives that can describe Lakewood Police Officer Nathan Reyes.

At about 7 a.m. on Shabbos morning, my 6 year old child was experiencing a throbbing toothache and was in need of orajel.

I went outside and approached Officer Nate Reyes, who was on duty and patrolling the area at the time, and asked him where there was an open pharmacy walking distance from my location.

Officer Reyes informed me that the closest pharmacy was over a mile away. So, without hesitation, the Officer asked where we were residing for the weekend, and immediately offered to purchase the medicine and deliver it.

Nate ReyesSure enough, within a few minutes, he showed up at the door with the medication. Immediately, the child felt relief and was thrilled with the knowledge that a real police officer brought it just for him.

We would like to outwardly express our appreciation for the tremendous compassion and sensitivity Officer Reyes demonstrated towards us.


Joseph S.
Passaic, NJ.


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  1. We are lucky to have him with us! At times Lakewood fails to appreciate the members of the various emergency services how almost all of them go way way beyond their call of duty to help the community!

  2. A shining example and representative of our entire wonderful police force. May g-d serve and protect you as you serve and protect others!

  3. Such a heartwarming story . I am sure there are many other stories that can be said about so many of our police officers that we may never get to hear. I want Officer Reyes and all our officers to know that most if not all of us in this town have tremendous respect, admiration and appreciation for all that you do to make this town safe for all of us.

  4. Beauty of a tale. LPD rules. Im not a fan of click it or Ticket , or the Hold-The-Phone-hold-The-Ticket campaigns, tho. Hail to the Chief, hes the one who really sets the tone !!!

  5. Not sure how my comments got hi-jacked but my real comment was ” I normally never ever comment on any posts but this one just really really touched my heart “!!!

  6. The LPD is there for us all day everyday. They are sensitive to the needs of our community and they risk their lives to keep us safe. They deserve our gratitude and respect on a daily basis not just when they go the extra mile like Officer Reyes did.

  7. Not sure how jicktacer007’s comments got hi-jacked but his real comment was ” I normally never ever comment on any posts but this one just really touched my heart “

  8. LPD are so awesome, they do more mitzvahs then anyone knows ! They are not looking for recognition they just do things for all people because it’s just the right thing to do…..remember that when they pull you over for talking on ur cell phone or hitch hiking just keeping everyone safe

  9. Ver nice story and kudos to the officer. Just curious if this is mutar on Shabbos? As apposed rubbing schnapps on gums etc until after shabbos. Im assuming it wasn’t pikuach nefesh Please advise

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