Officers Buy Shoes And Food From Out Of Pocket For Needy Man

Florida deputies went above and beyond to help a person in need after responding to a loitering call.

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Sheriff’s deputies from Pasco were called to a gas station north of Tampa, according to the public information manager for the sheriff’s office.

“The original call was for someone who was loitering behind the gas station. But in talking with the subject they noticed he was not wearing any shoes.”

The sheriff’s office released bodycam footage of the incident which showed what exactly happened in the incident.

“You ain’t got shoes my dude?” one of the deputies asked the man. The deputies were moved by his plight and decided to go to a nearby store and buy him a pair of flip-flops.

The man soon wore the flip-flops before the deputies asked if he was hungry. “Let me see what I can do,” the deputy said before getting the man a hoagie to eat.

“You got shoes and you got food,” the deputy said. “Now, you good?” Hunter said that good deeds like this have happened frequently.

“This is not an uncommon story for deputies. It’s not one we really talk about enough, but this is very common for the Pasco sheriff’s office,” she said. “We serve all citizens no matter their conditions or anything like that.”

The deputy mentioned in the video, ‘No human being should go without shoes.’ It was just a no-brainer. The deputy saw this person with no shoes and didn’t even think twice about heading to the store to grab him some.”

Deputies Buy Shoes for Citizen

"CAN'T LET A HUMAN BEING WALK AROUND WITH NO SHOES" – Last night, PSO deputies responded to a report of an individual loitering behind a gas station in the Trinity area. While speaking with the individual, deputies realized he wasn’t wearing shoes. Deputies then decided to buy a pair of flip flops for the individual from a nearby store. The deputies also worked with the gas station to get a sandwich for him. Another citizen saw these actions and thanked the deputies.

We are proud to serve our community and this is a true example of #WeFightAsOne to help those in need in our community. #PascoProud

Posted by Pasco Sheriff's Office on Monday, 14 June 2021

The Pasco sheriff’s office motto is “we fight as one,” Hunter explained.

“That’s us fighting together with the community to make a better Pasco,” she said. “I can’t speak for every law enforcement officer across the country, but I can tell you that an overwhelming majority of our people are in this job to help people.”

“Whether that be on a call for service in a domestic violence situation or as you see in this video just helping someone out with a quick meal and some shoes. Deputies at our agency get involved in this career because they have a deep desire to help people.”

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