OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- It can be difficult to even see Dale Urich's home through all the weed and brush surrounding it. There are so many code violations that Overland Park Police Officer Debra Guieb decided to visit Urich personally and find out why.
What she discovered was a 79-year-old widow in desperate need of help.
"He's been trying to keep his house and property up, but he's just physically not able to do the things he needs to do," Guieb said.
Guieb is a 17-year-veteran of the Overland Park Police Department. She's seen a lot. Yet when she found it difficult to forget Mr. Urich's problems, she decided to take matters into her own hands and solve them.
"I'm not afraid of a little hard work," Guieb said.
Apparently neither are many other Overland Park Police officers and friends, all of whom showed up on Wednesday to donate their time and spruce up the outside of Mr. Urich's home.
Power tools were in full force as brush and bushes and tree limbs were cleared. Plus the lawn got a fresh mow and they even planted flowers.
Mr. Urich, who's still recovering from two knee replacements and back surgery, did his best to supervise from his walker.
"I'm 79 and just trying to hang in there," he said, clearly touched by everything Overland Park Police were doing on their day off and with their own personal tools and money.
But one repair needed an expert's hands; replacing Mr. Urich's dilapidated privacy fence in his backyard.
That's why Officer Guieb called Fox 4 Problem Solvers. We called Guier Fence, which agreed to donate its services even before we finished asking.
"We're more than appreciative to come out and be able to help," said Andrew Dowell of Guier.
Neighbors Jean and Rich Bohon put out lemonade and cookies for all the volunteers, particularly all the men and women who usually wear blue, but were this time in shorts and work shirts.
"It doesn't surprise us that they would do such nice things," Mrs. Bohons said. "But it was so nice to hear they were all coming out in force today."
A force of kindness that solved a problem.