Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honor: doing good without seeking recognition

This blog tries to share good deeds done by police and firefighters, but frankly, they happen many times each day from coast to coast and often the officer shuns praise and tries to avoid the limelight. Here's a perfect example.

When deputy Brian Bussell came to work a few days ago at the Butler County Sheriff's Office in Oxford, OH, he noticed a lady and two children sitting in the waiting room. He assumed they were waiting to see a prisoner, but when he returned later, the woman was still there and her kids were sleeping, so he asked if she needed help.

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The Mom explained they were evicted from their home and were waiting for housing assistance. They had no place else to wait. Local shelters were full. So deputy Bussell took matters into his own hands. First, he booked the family a ten-day stay in a local hotel, and then he sent them to Walmart to buy clothes. When the boys asked if they could get shoes, he said they "absolutely could." When the family finished shopping, he went to Walmart and paid their bill. But like so many police, he tried to keep his good deeds under the radar. Fortunately the mother took this photo and uploaded it to Facebook. That's how his boss, Sheriff Richard K. Jones, found out about it. He said, "It was shared so many times that I got a phone call asking if I knew what a generous gesture my deputy did."

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