Rockford Police officer’s selfless act makes a difference in one woman’s life


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A woman is grateful for the help of a Rockford Police Officer who helped her out of a tight spot.

It began as a normal shift for Rockford Officer Tim Shipbaugh, on call at a gas station near 7th Street and E. State at 5:30 a.m on May 10th, when a woman, Linda Hamilton, walked up to him and explained that her car had just broken down as she was headed to Swedish American Hospital for surgery.

“Time’s ticking a little big, and calling a cab or something didn’t cross my mind, because we needed to get there right away,” recalled Shipbaugh.

“He helped my husband make sure the car was across the street and safe, and he said, ‘We have got to get you to the hospital. We have to do that.’ So, he put me in his car and he took me right to the front door,” Hamilton said.

Ofc. Shipbaugh said the incident was another opportunity for him to protect and serve.

“Helping out this person, we don’t get that opportunity as much as another shift (does),” he said.

The 4 year veteran of the Rockford Police Department said it’s not uncommon for officers to help those in need.

“One hundred percent of officers in this department, if they see a chance to help someone out like that, they’re going to take that opportunity and help that person out,” he said.

But for Hamilton, Ofc. Shipbaugh’s gesture went above and beyond the call of duty.

“He didn’t have to do anything, but he did,” Hamilton said. “He took time out of whatever he was doing to help somebody he’s never met before.”

Shipbaugh says he doesn’t feel like he did anything special, and says he just wants to help serve his community.

“I don’t feel like I went beyond my job. Obviously, the way I look at it, is I gave a woman a ride somewhere, that needed a ride,” he said.

Hamilton said her surgery went well.

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