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Waterloo Police Chief helps San Francisco police officers while on vacation

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The badge never takes a vacation- that was the case for Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka.

Trelka was enjoying some time off in San Francisco with his family, when he saw a local police officer struggling to catch a suspect. The suspect was on the run and resisting, even attempting to swing at the San Francisco police officer.

Trelka's daughter captured a photo as he ran across the street to help apprehend the suspect.

He says, "I decided I wasn't going to be a bystander. This officer was all alone so I decided to help."

His daughter, McKenzie Trelka says, "My dad just darted across the street so fast." She described this as the best moment of her trip, "seeing my dad help take down a bad guy."

She says, "It was amazing to see. This is where my dad's heart is and he's passionate about the work he does and he's always on-duty."

Chief agrees, saying it's just a part of the job as a police officer.

He says, "Those officers are just like ours. I ran up and said I'm a cop and he seemed to accept that easily. We got the guy cuffed he said thanks and then I just hopped up and walked away."

It was a vacation the Trelkas will always remember.

McKenzie says, "It was awesome to see my dad doing what he loves."

We reached out to the San Francisco Police Department. Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin says the department is grateful for Chief Trelka's assistance.

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