One police officer went above and beyond his duties to ensure that one homeless woman would be able to make it through the unexpected snowstorm that hit Seekonk, Massachusetts this weekend.
Officer Keith Perry responded to a call on Sunday night about a woman in distress, only to stumble upon a homeless woman who hadn’t eaten “in quite some time,” the Seekonk Police Department said on their Facebook page. Perry paid for the groceries himself, while the woman was able to contact a distant relative to pay for the hotel room, Sgt. Eric Chalifoux said.
“After to coming to the aid of a woman in distress tonight, Officer Perry discovered that the woman was homeless and hadn't eaten in quite some time,” the caption read. “He then took it upon himself to buy her some groceries and helped her get to a hotel room to ride out the snow storm. Officer Perry epitomizes the meaning of Public Service. ?#?classact”
Using his own money, Perry decided to buy her some groceries and tracked down a distant relative who was able to help pay for the hotel room, Sgt. Eric Chalifoux told the Sun-Chronicle.
In just a few short hours, the post had over 17,000 likes and 5,000 shares, many people sharing some of their own heartwarming stories of interactions with the Seekonk Police Department.
"What a wonderful act of kindness," Patti Moniz added in a comment on the original Facebook post. "On Halloween Officer Perry was patrolling our neighborhood. He stopped and gave out candy to all the children and then took the time to answer all the questions the kids had about his patrol SUV. great community service. Thank you."
Banner Image Credit: The Seekonk Police Department/Facebook