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Police Officer Delivers Pizza For Jet's Driver Injured in Crash

That's what you call public service

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Not only do metro area police officers bust moves and investigate crimes, they also deliver pizza. WDIV reports that Lincoln Park police officer Joe Sparks rescued a citizen's dinner this week. Sparks was the officer on the scene at a traffic accident involving a Jet's Pizza delivery driver. "He had some scratches and some scrapes," Sparks says.

After sending the driver to the hospital with a concussion, Sparks noticed a lone pizza in the back of the car. Sparks says that he initially planned to return the pizza to the restaurant, but realizing that the customer was only "only a few blocks away," he decided to deliver it himself. Carl Babik was surprised when he opened the door to find the uniformed officer with his pizza. "I'm like, 'Wait a minute .. this is weird ... why is a cop delivering my food?" Babik recounted.

After some confusion over how to pay for the food and whether to tip the cop, the pair agreed that Babik would pay at the restaurant. Jet's is apparently providing the police with a free lunch. As for Sparks, he tells The Detroit News it's just another day in the life. "I grew up in the city, so I try to give back when I can," he says.

Sparks isn't the first cop to deliver a pizza on the clock. Two Portland, Oregon, policemen went above and beyond the call to complete a pizza delivery after a driver got into a wreck and in another case (also in Oregon) a police officer stepped in to complete an order after the delivery driver was arrested.