Top Cops: Mukwonago Police Officer Cory Kirkpatrick
Ever since we have started posting great stories about our state's law enforcement officers, we have been receiving wonderful notes from Chiefs and Sheriffs all across Wisconsin hoping that we will share their good news.
Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt sent us a note that a citizen sent to a reporter asking him to do a story on Officer Cory Kirkpatrick's kindness. We're posting her note here. But wait! Read to the bottom for the Chief's commendation letter for the rest of the story and find out how it all turned out.
It is not beneath me to beg, so please read my email. I will try to keep it as brief as possible. I’m a Mukwonago resident and Dental Hygienist determined to save the world from plaque. Here are the facts:
- Was at the Grand Opening of the Aldi in Mukwonago Thursday, 12/10/15, wanting to snoop around as I have never been to an Aldi.
- Struck up a conversation with the two gentleman in front of me as we waited in line as the first 100 people received an Aldi Golden Ticket.
- I noticed an elderly gentleman who got in line, decided to go get a cart, left the line and when he returned he went to the very end of the line, not where he was initially standing.
- Dale, Cory and I got our envelopes and we all opened together. Me ($25), Dale ($10) and Cory a Village of Mukwonago Police Officer got (4) $25 gift certificates.
- I pointed out the poor gentleman who left the line to get a cart and went to the back of the line (old school rules) and didn’t get a golden ticket.
- Without missing a beat, Cory went over and gave the gentleman $50 of his $100 winnings.
- I LOVE my community and I LOVE my country. I try daily to look past the sad headlines and believe in my fellow man, especially our police officers who are so willing to put themselves in front of us to serve and protect. It was such an unselfish gesture, the pure definition of a random act of kindness. If you find yourself so moved, please give this young police officer the attention he so deserves.
- one side note, I found out the elderly gentleman is the father of one of our great teachers at the Mukwonago high school.
- I imagine you get 1000’s of requests for public acknowledgement. I will sit back and let you decide with all of your journalism knowledge if this proves to be newsworthy. We need this type of information to feed our souls. I wish you well, a very Merry Christmas, encourage you to floss daily and will await patiently notification from you if you would like to pursue.
So Very Sincerely,
Additionally, Chief Schimidt shared a commendation letter that he wrote Officer Kirkpatrick. You can read it here:
February 19, 2016
TO: Officer Cory Kirkpatrick
FROM: Chief Kevin Schmidt
REFERENCE: Job well done
As you know, in December I received an email from a citizen that wanted me to know of your generosity at the Aldi’s Grand Opening. The email author was truly impressed with your actions that day. While waiting in line, the first 100 received a golden envelope. An elderly gentleman had been in line, but got out to get a cart. When he returned to the line, he got in the back of the line. Your golden envelope contained 4 - $25.00 gift cards for Aldi’s. The elderly gentleman did not receive a golden envelope in his new place in line. You then gave him 2 of your certificates. The email author also contacted the media because she felt in today’s atmosphere of law enforcement, she wanted people to know that there are far more acts of kindness done by officers every day. She wrote “I try daily to look past the sad headlines and believe in my fellow man, especially our police officers who are so willing to put themselves in front of us to serve and protect. It was such an unselfish gesture, the pure definition of a random act of kindness.”.
Recently, I received a letter from the Mukwonago Food Pantry. The gentleman you gave the two $25.00 gift certificates from Aldi’s donated them to the Mukwonago Food pantry.
Cory, your actions on that day exemplify the type of officers we want on our department. I expect all officers to be professional at all times, both on duty and off duty, no matter what the call or situation may be. Based on your actions on December 10th, you did just that. You committed an act of kindness that touched many people.
On behalf of the staff of the Village of Mukwonago Police Department, I salute you for doing a great job.