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“Protect And Serve.” 2 Officers Go Above And Beyond To Show Kindness To Homeless Man.

Ah, winter! The season of ice, snow, and biting cold. For most of us, those things are just an inconvenience, something we can get around with four-wheel drive, a good jacket, and sturdy snow boots.

For the homeless, though, winter can be a lot more sinister. The cold can be deadly at worst, and extremely uncomfortable at best. Thankfully for one homeless man in Connecticut, two officers from his local police department spotted his predicament and immediately decided to help. Check out their story below!

Meriden Police Department post on Facebook:

In a world full of negativity, it is always nice to learn of some of the compassionate efforts of our officers. Two of our officers went above and beyond the call of duty. During the midnight shift, early Saturday morning, Officers Ericka Garcia and Shelby Saleeba encountered a male who appeared to be asleep at the wheel of a vehicle at the gas pump of Cumberland Farms on Broad St. The officers made contact and discovered that he was not intoxicated but homeless and had resorted to living in his Jeep.

The officers were not only prepared with a care package supplied by Rushford for this homeless gentleman but also paid out of their own pockets to fill his gas tank and get him something to eat on this exceptionally cold night. Temperatures were in the single digits.

Neither officer sought recognition; rather a Sergeant happened to pass by and stop to check on the officers. This act of kindness reflects great credit on these two officers and highlights some of the good deeds the men and women of the Meriden Police Department do even when no one is watching or learning about it. Great job Officers.

What fortunate timing! Who knows what would have happened without the gas and extra supplies? We’re so glad Officers Ericka Garcia and Shelby Saleeba took the “serve” part of “protect and serve” to heart.

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