Tennessee Patrolmen Help Starving Elderly Man by Giving Him a Month of Groceries
He had been robbed by a caretaker.
Last Saturday night, a 79-year-old disabled man in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, was in dire straits. He hadn’t eaten in two days because his caretaker had stolen his debit card. Living on a fixed income and with no family in the area, he had nowhere to turn, so he called 911. Shortly afterward, four patrolmen from the Mount Pleasant Police Department showed up with $160 worth of groceries, enough to feed him for an entire month. Patrolmen Brian Gray, Adam Runions, Nathan Bolton, Mark Billions, and Buddy Odom paid for the groceries out of their own pockets. “I think he was shocked at the amount of food that we bought and just the fact that it was there without question,” Bolton said.
For the officers, it was all just part of the job. “It’s difficult for us to see as police officers,” said Billions. “We’re out here to take care of the public at large and that doesn’t always mean stopping a car. Sometimes it’s us doing little things like this.” To help other citizens in similar need, the police department has opened a food pantry, and donations are accepted at the local station.
Tammy Brooks, 36, the elderly man’s caretaker, was arrested the next night after a surveillance camera caught her using his debit card. She was charged with theft and fraudulent use of a debit card and was booked in the Maury County Jail.
(H/T Good News Network)