Officer buys food for hungry kids after mother’s medical emergency

When the children told the officer they hadn’t eaten for a day, the officer stepped in

By PoliceOne Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina officer went above and beyond for two children after their mother suffered a medical emergency.

WJZY reported that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer, identified as Officer Harkey, responded to a call at a home about a woman in extreme crisis. When the woman had to be taken for medical evaluation, her two children, under the age of 10, had nowhere to go.

Harkey took the children to a temporary group home for children, where they would be safe while their mother was gone. While en route to the home, the officer asked the children when they last had a meal.


Some calls can be heart breaking but it’s a simple random act of kindness that can change a life. Officer Harkey was...

Posted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

When the kids told him they hadn’t eaten since the day prior, Harkey pulled over to a Chick-Fil-A and bought them each a meal with his own money. 

The CMPD recognized the officer’s act of kindness on Facebook. The department said his kind act only came to light because he had to inform dispatch that he was making a stop while driving the children to the temporary home.

"Some calls can be heartbreaking but it’s a simple random act of kindness that can change a life,” the department wrote.

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