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Officer buys new wheelchair for homeless man

When a homeless man couldn’t get his wheelchair to open, a Miami officer opened her own wallet to help solve his problem


By PoliceOne Staff

MIAMI — When a homeless man couldn’t get his wheelchair to open, a Miami officer opened her own wallet to help solve his problem.

WPLG reports that Officer Anna Lazcano is a member of the Miami PD’s Homeless Outreach team. The team consists of Miami officers who check on the homeless and offer them assistance and shelter.

Last week, Rafael Alvarez flagged down Lazcano for some help. When the officer learned that his wheelchair was broken, she bought the disabled man a new one, ABC News reports.

Alvarez, who moved to Miami from Cuba in 1980, worked as a roofer until he had to quit for medical reasons, including a leg amputation from diabetes. He and his wife became homeless when Medicare didn’t cover all of their bills.

"Regardless of where they are from, where they ended up and what they're doing with their life, it's just helping the community. It is what we're all about,” Lazcano said.

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