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Meeting Needs

Leslie Brown

It’s harder than ever to make ends meet now. Throw in the “lack of a vehicle”, pregnancy, and a toddler, and you have a pretty rough situation.

As if that scenario wasn’t bad enough, the young lady in it was beaten and rescued from an incident of domestic violence by a police officer. With the abuser locked away for the time being, the young mother was left without transportation, one diaper and very little food to make it through the weekend.

Officer Patrick Kinney couldn’t leave the woman in her current state without his heart tugging at him, so he and his wife went to the food pantry of their church and gathered some items. They also gathered some items from their own home, and went to the grocery store, and bought milk, fruit, bread and diapers.

It is our human nature to perseverate over the one unkind comment we get over numerous kind comments. In a similar vein, it is in the interest of the divisive media to highlight any “bad” cop stories, while neglecting to cover the many good ones that are out there.

“On Friday, October, 3, 2014, you responded to a domestic violence call where a male was arrested for striking his pregnant girlfriend. While another officer transported the male to the county jail you continued assisting the family. You learned that during the scuffle, a bowl of noodles was thrown, wasting the only food this pregnant woman’s two-year-old son was to have for the day. You further learned that the woman only had some grapes and one diaper left for the entire weekend. They had no money and no transportation to a food pantry. In your report, you indicate, ‘I made some arrangements to ensure that [name removed] had enough food and diapers to get her through a few days.’ Yesterday, I learned what you really did when you ‘made arrangements.’

Enlisting the help of your wife, you gathered some items from your church’s food pantry and from your own home pantry. While your wife gathered these things, you went to the grocery store and, using your own money, filled your cruiser with food and staples like bread, milk, eggs, fruit, and diapers. The mother cried as you delivered her groceries.

Officer Kinney, the only reason I knew about the kind acts of you and your wife was because another police department’s employee’s family member saw you at the grocery store. You were content not having anyone else knowing about your actions. I am not.

Your selfless acts are the epitome of human kindness and an example for the rest of us. Thank you for going the distance. I am so proud to work with you!”

Story shared from the SFGlobe


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