CARMEL — Yes, good things do happen to nice people.
People may have wondered what all the commotion was about Thursday afternoon when several Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office cruisers and Carmel firetrucks paraded through Carmel. They were all there to say thanks to 8-year-old Bentley Goodwin.
“Well, we were grabbing bait. And then we saw him and I asked if I could pay for his bait, uh, sandwich, and they said yes,” the boy said.
It was a few weeks ago when the Carmel Village Market was out of power while some repair work was done. No power meant a deputy couldn’t use his debit card.
“And a young man just absolutely blew us away by stepping forward with his own money and took care of the meal for the deputy,” Sheriff Troy Morton said.
The sheriff said the boy’s action reflected the community’s support for law enforcement.
“I don’t know if you can say any more about that it’s so positive to know those acts of kindness are coming from young people,” Morton said.
The sheriff bought Bentley an early birthday present — a pack basket loaded with ice-fishing gear.
But why was the elementary school student moved to buy lunch for a deputy?
“He’s a cop and he saves people. And they’re really nice,” Bentley said.