Cop Eyes 2 Homeless Men On Street. Minutes Later, They're In The Back Of Cop Car
Police officers John Hermanson and Jeremy Caron were on patrol when they spotted two homeless men doing something that caught their eye. So, they stopped to check them out.
It was Dec. 16 and in Bangor, Maine, it was cold that night. Really cold. The homeless men were freezing and huddled up, trying to stay warm. Temperatures were to plummet to nine degrees below zero that night.
The two officers rolled up to the homeless men and decided they needed to warm up. They also could probably use a hot meal, too. So Officers Hermanson and Caron stopped and invited the two men to hop into the back seat of their police cruiser. They reassured the two men that they weren't in trouble, but that the officers wanted to help them out.
Neither of the homeless men could have predicted how their night was about to end when they were told to get in the back seat of the patrol car. The homeless men found warmth from the vehicle's heater and jovial conversation from the stoic police officers who were about to make the men's night even brighter.
The police department receives hundreds of gift cards to use in helping others who need a boost. On the police department's Facebook page, an anonymous member of the police department referred to only as TC wrote about the experience.
"Kind people from all over our state and country have trusted us to see a need and reach into our gear bag to meet that need. I wouldn't call a $5 gift card to McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts a life-changing event. But, I defy you tell me that we cannot make one day just a little bit better."
Officers Hermanson and Caron pulled out a couple of the gift cards the department had on hand and drove the two men to the McDonald's drive-thru, pulling up just a bit so they could place the order themselves, which the homeless men found amusing. They found it even funnier when they reached out of the back window of the cruiser to pick up their sack of food from the employee.
Officer Hermanson realized how funny they must have looked and snapped a quick photo of their antics--two officers and two men in the back seat usually reserved for alleged criminals ordering at the McDonald's drive-thru. The anonymous author TC noted on the police department's Facebook page that it wasn't the warm food or the warm vehicle. It was all about that moment.
"It is the connection. It is a moment in time when four guys from different worlds can have a laugh and then have a story to share. A police cruiser becomes a conduit for kindness. Four men, two gift cards, a laugh and maybe a connection."
The post ended with a bit of advice for the community: "Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone and be kind to one another. We will be here."
Source: Bangor Police Department, FB Image Source: Bangor Police Department