Police officers today are under more pressure than ever before, and the 24/7 news cycle can make it seem like tensions between police and average citizens is increasing by the minute. That's why it's important to take a moment to show appreciation when a local officer demonstrates what public service is all about.

The photo below was posted to Facebook by former police officer Rick Bell. Bell was out cycling when he spotted a Temple officer helping a senior citizen change a flat tire on his car.

It's a simple act of kindness and service that should remind us all that, just as we shouldn't lump groups of citizens together into one stereotype, neither should we judge all officers by the negative actions of a very few.

In the end, it takes citizens and police working together to keep our community safe and set an example for others.