“Those that do the most, those that go above and beyond are those that are rarely recognized.”
The heartfelt words from Phoenix resident Edna Guerrero were in response to a beautiful moment she witnessed between an emotional boy and a school resource officer.
Guerrero has long witnessed the humble actions of school resource officer Rusty Baubie.
He’s always on the lookout for the well-being of the students he’s promised to serve and protect.
Baubie tends to shrug off his daily acts of kindness, Guerrero explained, saying that he’s just doing his job.
But after Guerrero witnessed the gentle manner in which Baubie responded to an inconsolable student at school, she felt like he deserved some public recognition.
Baubie happened to be in the right place at the right time. He saw, and heard, a student screaming and crying desperately in the hallway.
The boy collapsed to the floor, sobbing with his head buried into his knees.
At that moment, the boy seemed to be overwhelmed by self-loathing, audibly vocalizing the terrible thoughts running through his mind.
“A student was having a difficult time, was screaming and inconsolably crying, saying sad and negative things about himself,” Guerrero wrote on Facebook. “This officer looked through the eyes of this student and immediately showed mercy.”
Baubie took a seat next to the crying boy and saw him for who he was: just a kid who was desperate for love, and in need of an encouraging word.
“This officer spoke softly to the student letting him know that he did matter, that he was important, that he was loved,” Guerrero said.
“This officer helped this student understand that we all make mistakes and that those mistakes do not define who we are and we just learn from them and move on.”
Sgt. Armando Carbajal, a public information officer at the Phoenix Police Department, said Baubie has been with the police force for 13 years. Baubie is a husband, father, and described as a very humble man.
“Police officers are there to provide safety and to teach,” Carbajal said. “But this was one duty that you can’t put on paper.”