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12/11/2014 05:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cop Carries Woman With MS During Power Outage, Reminds Us Of The Value Of Small Gestures

This selfless cop put a woman's safety first by stepping up when she was in need.

Detroit experienced a power outage affecting several buildings and traffic lights across the city, last week. Kristi Marie Earley, who has multiple sclerosis -- an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system -- was in one of the buildings that had lost power when Deputy Sheriff Mark Bennetts came to her aid. The kind Wayne County cop graciously carried Earley down the steps in front of Frank Murphy Hall and helped her into a waiting car, Today.com reported.

"Generally speaking, I try to do anything I can for anyone who needs the help,'' Bennetts told the outlet of his thoughtful action which was caught in the video above. "My partner was sitting with her in the building, we saw the car pull up, and she had noticeable trouble standing up. I stabilized her to get her out the door, but when we got to the steps, she chuckled and said, 'I don't know if I can make it down the steps,' so once I had her permission I picked her up and helped her down."

Earley, who'd made it down several flights of stairs inside the building, said that Bennetts was a bit concerned that she'd decided to make the trek down by herself.

"I was very appreciative. They were actually upset with me because I walked down 11 flights of stairs to get to the main floor before the officer carried me out," the 39-year-old told Today.com "What I hope comes out of this is that more people are aware of MS and that they quit knocking all these cops, who do great work."

After the incident, which was shared on Facebook and quickly went viral with more than 3 million views, Earley took to social media to express her appreciation for the cop who was so willing to help her, writing:

"Thanks to all the Wayne County Sheriffs that helped me out. I [wonder] if he is single."

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