Winston-Salem Officer Charles Ziegler was working security for a local church on Feb. 26 when he spotted a mother pushing her child's stroller in the rain.
Photo credit: Ed McNeal/City of Winston-Salem
A Winston-Salem's off-duty police officer's good deed went viral last week.
Officer Charles Ziegler was working security for a local church on Feb. 26 when he spotted a mother pushing her child's stroller in the rain, according to TODAY.com.
He offered the woman a lift, and by that afternoon he was a bona fide Internet celebrity.
A photo of him helping the woman into his patrol car was posted on Twitter by the city's marketing and communications director and from there it took off.
WXII-TV picked up the story and after that, the story was passed around online.
Ziegler -- who was slammed with phone calls, texts and Facebook messages -- said that he still can't believe how far the story spread.
"My phone just blew up," he told TODAY.com. "Last night, I got a text message from someone I go to church with and she said I made the news in England."
He said the act was a regular occurrence as he's often at the church as parents are dropping their kids off at the daycare.
"It's me giving a lady and her child a ride. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal," he said. "Cops across the state and across the nation, they do stuff like this all the time."