Nearing the spot, Hammett then discovered that the officer was actually standing over a snapping turtle who, quite unwisely, had chosen to rest in the middle of the street. Given the poor visibility that day, the animal could easily have been run over — if it weren't for his kind protector, of course.
The officer was saving his life.
"I couldn't believe that she was standing there guarding that turtle in all that rain," Hammett said. "Not many people would do that, regardless of their occupation. She was serving and protecting in every sense of the word."
Hammett and her husband pulled over to help, shielding the cop from the rain.