10/01/2013

NM cop responding to dispute feeds hungry family

Once the officer calmed the fight, he went out and bought groceries for the needy family

By PoliceOne Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An officer responding to a domestic dispute ended up purchasing groceries for a family in need at the home he was dispatched to.

Officer Hector Marquez Jr. arrived at the home to find a 63-year-old grandmother on a fixed income caring for her six grandchildren alone, according to KOAT.

"I don't know how we got onto the topic of the welfare of the kids and if she needed anything. She had told me that they had last eaten in the morning, that grandma made pancakes, but she couldn't get her food stamps until the 19th, which was eight days away," Marquez said.

After he calmed down the fight, which was between some of the children, Marquez went to the grocery store and bought dinner for the family. He planned to keep the good deed quiet, but another officer told their boss, and the department publicly honored him, according to Yahoo! News.

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