A sheriff’s deputy in Ohio was being hailed this week for a “true act of kindness” after he helped out a mother and her two children following their eviction from the family’s home.
Deputy Brian Bussell first noticed the trio when he entered the jail lobby Sunday morning, according to a Facebook post from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
“I assumed they were here to visit someone in our jail,” Bussell said. “When I walked back out a while later, the children were asleep, and the lady was still sitting there, so I inquired if she needed assistance.”
He discovered the family had fallen on tough times; the mother had recently been evicted from her home, and was waiting to get assistance with housing, the post stated.
She told the deputy she expected to find something out by Wednesday.
Bussell and Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard then worked to find the family a place to stay, calling up several shelters and checking out other avenues, according to the post.
“Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,” Bussell said.
The 25-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office then took it upon himself to help the mother and her kids out. He contacted a hotel in Oxford — where the family had lived, and the children went to school — and booked a 10-day hotel stay for them, which he paid for himself.
Then, the deputy took the family to Wal-Mart and told them to pick out clothes. The young boys asked Bussell if they could also get shoes, to which he responded “they absolutely could,” the post stated.
“He went to the Walmart when they were done and paid for everything,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in the post. “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. 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,” Jones added. “This speaks volumes in light of all the recent negativity people are saying about law enforcement. I have some of the best employees here.”