A kind-hearted police officer in Ohio paid for a homeless family to stay in a hotel after finding them sleeping in a jail lobby.
Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Bussell, a 25-year veteran, first saw a mother with two young sons sitting on chairs in the police department on Sunday morning.
“I know our visitation is at 9 AM, and I saw the lady and the two young children sitting in the chairs,” Deputy Bussell said in a post shared to Facebook.
“I assumed they were here to visit someone in our jail. When I walked back out a while later, the children were asleep, and the lady was still sitting there, so I inquired if she needed assistance.”
The woman, Tierra Gray, told the deputy she had been evicted from her home in Oxford, Ohio. She said she was waiting for word back on housing assistance but said it could take a few days.
After unsuccessfully trying to find a place for the family at a nearby shelter, the deputy reached into his own pocket. He contacted a hotel in Oxford and booked them in for 10 days, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy then took the family to a Walmart, where he bought them new clothes.
“The little boys asked if they could get shoes, and Deputy Bussell told them they absolutely could,” the department said on its Facebook page.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said: “This is a true act of kindness. He did not tell anyone at work what he had done but the lady took a picture with him and posted it on Facebook. That’s actually how we found out.”
Gray had written beside the photo on Facebook: “God has blessed us this week and I don’t know what I would have done.”
The department received a phone call asking if the sheriff knew about the generous act.
“This speaks volumes in light of all the recent negativity people are saying about law enforcement,” Sheriff Jones said. “I have some of the best employees here.”