US

Selfless Police Officer Rents Hotel Room For Homeless Family

Emma Colton Deputy Editor

An Ohio police station’s Facebook post has gone viral after thousands of people across America virtually applauded an officer for compassionately renting a hotel room for a homeless family.

Twenty-five year police veteran Deputy Brian Bussell found an unidentified woman and two young children sitting in the Butler County police station early on Sunday morning, and assumed the family was there for visiting hours. But when he returned awhile later and found the children asleep in the chairs and the woman just sitting there, he knew they were in need of assistance. (RELATED: Former Inmate Prays With Police Officer Who Arrested Him Eight Years Ago, Asks God To Protect Police)

According to the viral Facebook post, the officer found out the family had just been evicted from their home and had no where but the police station to find refuge.

He rented a hotel room for the family for 10 days, and even took them on Walmart shopping spree, telling them to pick out any clothing or shoes they wanted.

“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,” Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said on the Facebook post. “That’s actually how we found out. It was shared so many times that I got a phone call asking if I knew what a generous gesture my deputy did. I am pleased that he was able to help this family out.”

The sheriff noted in the post that Bussel’s selfless dedication to this family is a great example that, in spite of the onslaught of negative sentiment toward police officers, many are kindhearted people devoted to the public.

The post currently has nearly 15,000 Facebook shares.

Follow Emma on Twitter