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Florida Officer's Act of Kindness for Homeless Man Goes Viral

July 23, 2015  | 

Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

Earlier this month, Ocala (Fla.) PD Sgt. Erica Hay took time out of her morning to buy breakfast for a homeless man — then she sat down to eat her meal with him as she engaged the man in conversation, reports littlethings.com. A woman who saw this was so touched by the interaction that she snapped a few pictures and posted them on Facebook. "Although I was the only person blessed to witness less than two minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning," the woman wrote.

This incredible act of kindness quickly spread online, and people began sending their messages of gratitude. After all, the officer could have bought the man food and then continued on her way, but to also sit down and eat with him? Sharing a meal with someone is intimate and personal, yet this officer didn't think twice.

When she was reached for comment, Sgt. Hay was hesitant to speak with the media. Humbled, she did not seek attention for her kind gesture. "I was heading to Dunkin' Donuts to get breakfast when I saw this man sitting by himself, so, I decided to buy him breakfast. I then went over, sat down, and ate breakfast with him."

To this officer, it was simply her duty as an officer and human being. Hay went on to say, "He turned out to be a very nice man who just has a sad story. He is a person."


Comments (3)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/23/2015 8:07 PM

Good for you Sgt. Hay! A job well done by those in blue again. The race baiters probably won't like it because it was an act of kindness that they cannot complain about. Wonder if Sharpton saw this story.

OLD SGT @ 7/24/2015 5:56 PM

Chief Graham should be very proud of her! Sgt. Hay is showing her down to earth human approach to police work. I suspect this isn't her first occurance.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/30/2015 11:21 AM

Police all over North American have been doing things just like this for over 100 years. Those of us from back in the day did things like this nearly every day because it just was the right thing to do. We did it quietly and without the need for fanfare. True giving is done quietly and anonymously.

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