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Phoenix-area police officer helps resident fix basketball hoop, goes viral

(Twitter Photo/@Owen_OS)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area police officer was photographed on Saturday as he helped a young child fix his basketball net.

The photo, taken and posted to Twitter by Owen Soba, showed Buckeye Police Department officer Josh Haley in full gear as he stood on top of the roof of his vehicle and replaced the net of the basketball hoop.

“Buckeyes Finest! It’s the small things. PO Haley attempted to help the boy who is playing basketball yesterday in repairing the basketball hoop for him because it kept catching his ball. He returned back today w. the proper tools & a new net to replace it for him,” the Twitter post read.

The photograph showed the young boy dribbling his basketball and looking up at officer Haley while he fixed the net.

The department found the photo and posted a response from Chief Larry Hall to its Facebook page.

“Acts of kindness by police officers occur every day throughout this country,” Hall wrote.

“I applaud Officer Haley for his actions and appreciate the photographer for taking the time to capture the moment and share with the public,” it read.

Soba’s photo made rounds on the internet over Easter weekend. It had received more than 1,400 likes and 170 shares as of Monday morning.

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