OKLAHOMA CITY - Detective Kim Davis has been with the Oklahoma City Police Department for 29 years.
She has seen it all during that time.
But, it's what happened late one night in an area of N.W. 39th and Portland 25 years ago that changed the life of a young girl.
That girl was Victoria Warren.
Late one night, little Victoria wandered barefoot into a Braum's.
She needed a ride home.
The folks at Braum's called the police, and a young patrol officer named Kim Kelly picked her up.
Kelly took the young girl to Payless and bought her four or five pairs of shoes then took her home and made sure she was safe.
“I didn't have a whole lot of positive things going on when I was younger,” a tearful Victoria told us. “She was just a very positive thing that meant a whole lot.”
Victoria said that one kind gesture changed her life.
She is now a successful professional with a family to hold on to and cherish.
She said she can trace the turnaround in her life back to that night so long ago when officer Kelly - now detective Davis - showed her compassion and caring.
With the help of the Oklahoma City Police Department, we surprised Kim with the Pay it 4Ward award from KFOR and First Fidelity Bank.
As you can imagine, Kim was stunned that Victoria, that little girl she helped one night, remembered and wanted to honor her.
"We become police officers so we can make a positive impact on somebody,” Kim said, choked with emotion. “But, we never know. Everything we respond to, there's something negative. And, we hope our actions affect somebody positively, but we never know. But, you know what? You just made my career. And, you don't know how much this means to me.”
Police officers are not allowed to keep award money like this, but Kim knows exactly what she will do with the $400.
"We have an officer that just retired,” Kim said. “And, a week after his retirement, he hit a deer on his motorcycle, and he's been in ICU for a month now. And, I would like to give it to the FOP, so they can give it to his family.”
Whether it’s 2016 or 25 years ago, Kim knows the true meaning of Paying it 4Ward.