A Birmingham officer affixing brand new basketball netting for a hoop in front of a home. Photo: Rhaquel Ryans / Facebook

A Birmingham officer affixing brand new basketball netting for a hoop in front of a home. Photo: Rhaquel Ryans / Facebook

An officer with the Birmingham (AL) Police Department was seen standing on the rear bumper of his patrol vehicle, affixing brand new basketball netting for a hoop in front of a home in a west end neighborhood.

Neighborhood resident Rhaquel Ryans posted images and a video of the act of kindness on her Facebook page, saying in the post, "We have great officers. He not only put up a new net but also got them a new ball as well."

When managers at a nearby sporting goods store learned of the kind deed performed by Officer Chris Lassinger, they gifted him a $500 shopping spree so that he may continue his good deeds of bringing joy to children.

Lassinger said he didn't give those kids a basketball and new netting to garner attention for himself. "I should have done it at night,'' he told AL.com.

"We get in this profession for a reason, to help people," Lassinger said. "If me doing stuff like that changes those kids’ mindsets about police then I’m doing my job. The more people we can affect in a positive way like that, the better it will be for us and them."

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