Each month we will be highlighting an officer and their commitment to bringing safety and healing to our community members, one request at a time.
On April 16, 2021, Officer Smith #8424 responded to a check welfare call at the
Extended Stay located at 17212 N. Black Canyon Access Rd. Through his
investigation, Officer Smith learned that 69 year old Cynthia Hill had been at the
Extended Stay after a domestic violence incident and, while there, had allowed an
unknown guest to stay with her who, in turn, stole Ms. Hill’s medication, debit cards, and
money. Officer Smith contacted Angels on Patrol in an effort to help Ms. Hill obtain
shelter and any other community resources available to her.
Upon speaking with Officer Smith, it was immediately clear that he was genuinely
concerned for Ms. Hill’s medical well-being and the situation she was facing. He
advised me that he had contacted Adult Protective Services but they would not be able
to make contact with her until anywhere between five to seven days. He also explained
he had made attempts to contact any family or friends who could help Ms. Hill to no
As I began looking for resources to assist Ms. Hill, I was contacted again by
Officer Smith who advised me he had been able to locate a friend who could provide
Ms. Hill with a place to stay. I then informed Officer Smith I would arrange a Lyft to
transport her. After booking two separate Lyft rides and the two separate drivers, for
unknown reason, cancelled the ride and did not pick up Ms. Hill, I recontacted Officer
Smith to update. He informed me he had helped Ms. Hill pack up all of her belongings
as she was physically incapable of doing so herself and that he had her lying down in
his backseat because she had been waiting so long. Officer Smith then advised me he
would load her belongings into his patrol vehicle and drive her across town in order to
ensure she was safely transported and no longer left waiting, causing her greater
physical pain and hardship.
The mission of Angels on Patrol is to provide law enforcement officer-initiated
support to community members in times of crisis. Officer Smith’s actions and
willingness to help Ms. Hill reflects the true definition of selflessness and what it means
to serve others. Officer Smith went above and beyond the duties required by his job to
ensure Ms. Hill’s safety, and his actions are why we refer to officers as “Angels on
Angels on Patrol is honored to recognize Officer Smith as our April 2021 Angel
of the Month and would like to commend him for his service to the community. His
kindness shown toward Ms. Hill should make the Phoenix Police Department proud to
call him one of their own.