APD officer goes out of his way to help woman who ran out of gas


He insists it wasn’t a big deal and is simply part of a normal day on the job, but a bystander was blown away by this Albuquerque Police Officer’s kindness and captured the whole thing on camera.

“I was just doing what I felt was necessary,” said Officer Pablo Hernandez.

Hernandez got a call that a woman had run out of gas the morning after a major snow storm. It was cold, icy and he could tell the woman needed help.

“She asked me if I could take her to the gas station to possibly get a tank of gas, and I said, sure why not?” said Hernandez.

Hernandez drove the woman to a gas station, pumped gas into a spare can, then drove her back and filled up her tank.

“I just went ahead and put the gas in her [vehicle] and unbeknownst to me, I was being recorded,” said Hernandez.

Inside a building next to where the woman happened to run out of gas, Christina Aguilera watched this whole interaction and she started recording it.

“It was awesome. It made me feel good, so I wanted to spread the word and make others feel good,” said Aguilera.

Hernandez insists this was something any officer would do.

“It’s not out of the ordinary,” said Hernandez.

However, it is interactions like this that made Hernandez want to become a cop.

“My goal was to change the perception of police officers in general,” said Hernandez.

It’s also what inspired him to apply for the Downtown Public Safety team.

“Just help out wherever we can downtown, whether it be for the business owners or patrons to make it a more desirable place for people to come and visit and enjoy themselves,” said Hernandez.

Aguilera posted the video online where it’s gotten thousands of views. In the comments, it’s clear people are loving this good deed and it certainly made Aguilera’s day.

“When we need help, they’ll be there. The angels are sent. I believe in that and I believe in our police officers here in Albuquerque,” said Hernandez.

Even though Hernandez doesn’t understand all the fanfare, he is happy it made so many people smile.

“It’s awesome people took such a small thing and turned it into such a positive,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez has been on the force for about two years.

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