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Virginia Officer Helps Homeless Family, Inspires Others

June 18, 2015  | 

Photo: Virginia Beach PD Facebook Page
Photo: Virginia Beach PD Facebook Page

A Virginia Beach, Va., police officer is getting accolades from his department and the community for a random act of kindness, reports WAVY-TV.

A witness at a Wawa gas station on Ferrel Parkway noticed Officer Grant Wylie talking to a couple with a baby. They were in a van holding a sign that read, “We have lost everything and are in need of any help you can give.”

Brad Kortbawi described what happened next in a Facebook post:

"I’ve noticed this van and couple in the same spot now for two straight days. I wasn’t sure why the cop was approaching them, but what I witnessed gave me faith in man kind again and also reminded me that there really are some good people on the police force. Officer Wylie directed the man to pull his van over to the Wawa gas pumps and proceeded to pull out his own wallet and use his own credit card to fill up this man’s van."

Kortbawi also posted that he and another patron gave the family money, following Officer Wylie’s act of kindness.

The Virginia Beach Police Department posted a note of gratitude on Facebook to Kortbawi for bringing the act into the public eye.

Comments (3)

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S.S. @ 6/18/2015 1:37 PM

SOME good police officers? 99% of us are good police officers. A lot of what we do is for the community and things like this are everyday for officers on the street. WE do care. Officer Wylie good job!

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/18/2015 1:44 PM

Bravo to you Officer Wylie. The Virginia Beach Dept. need to give you a commendation for this. Too many times these acts of kindness by officers go unnoticed by the general public.

PoPo @ 6/19/2015 8:18 AM

Nice gesture and smart move..."I'll tell you what, you've been hanging out here a couple days asking for money for gas. I'll fill your tank up and that will get you on your way". Community Policing at it's best.

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