A police sergeant from Maine has sworn to serve, protect — and if necessary, cook for his community.

Cumberland police officials said Sgt. Thomas Burgess checked on an elderly man Tuesday. When he discovered that the man was low on food and had not eaten that day, the law enforcement veteran swapped his police cap for a chef’s hat.

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Burgess delivered groceries to the man and then cooked him dinner, WGME reported.

“Thank you for everything you do Sergeant, day in and day out to make our community a better place to live,” Cumberland police wrote on Facebook. In a later comment on social media, the department added that Burgess did the dishes, started a load of laundry and took out the trash.

The original Facebook post has been liked more than 5,100 times and has been shared nearly 800 times.

When this officer realized an elderly man hadn’t eaten all day, he did what needed to be done Facebook / Cumberland, Maine Police Department

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