A group of dedicated police officers in Tennessee made the news when they were caught in the heartwarming act of taking money out of their own pockets to help out an elderly man in their community.
There sweet gesture left thousands in awe, and serves as a constant reminder of how important it is to be in touch with your community!
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It all started when a telephone call arrived to the police station from an elderly man in town.
In a tired, distressed voice, he asked for one simple request.
Could they please, he asked, bring some food to his apartment?
The elderly man lived in the quiet, bucolic city of Mount Pleasant, TN.
The well-named city is small, scenic, and historic, with just 5,000 people living in its limits.
The community, just outside of the border of Appalachia, is a close-knit kind of place, where people step up for one another and help out in a pinch.
This was no exception.
Upon further inquiry, the elderly man confessed to the dispatcher that he hadn’t eaten anything in two days.
At 79 years old, he had been recently robbed. His former caretaker had allegedly taken his debit card, rendering him helpless – no money, and in the depths of the deep winter.
It’s not clear whether he had family in the area, or whether they had been equally trapped by the bad weather.
So the man called the only people he could think of: the police department. The local officers were more than happy to come to the rescue.
In addition to providing the community’s law enforcement, they’re involved in everything from supporting the high school sports teams to conducting campaigns against distracted driving.
As is the case in many small towns and cities, the police are familiar faces that can be relied on in a tight spot.
According to the Facebook page, Wayne County Now, “The officers sprung into action. These officers bought the elderly man enough food to stock his pantry for a month.”
The men in the group, identified as Officers Odom, Gray, Runion, and Bolton by News 2 Nashville, took $160 out of their own pockets, pooling it together to
help the elderly gentleman stock the cupboards for weeks to come.
And a good thing they swept in when they did, because a truly massive snowstorm struck just one weekend later.
Meanwhile, the officers of Mount Pleasant PD set out to help their new friend in more long-lasting ways.
They started a food pantry for canned goods to help needy residents.
They also tracked down the fraudulent caregiver, and arrested her for her crimes, renewing access to those bank accounts.
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