Officers help woman with milk for baby

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Three Roxboro police officers were honored at Tuesday’s Roxboro City Council meeting for their work beyond their badge.

Chief of Police David Hess honored Corporal T. S. Gray, Officer B. A. Warren and Officer J. F. Seifert for their “actions beyond the call of duty.”

Hess presented the officers with Meritous Conduct citations and told the officers’ story.

On Jan. 18, the officers responded to a suspicious person call near Advance Auto Parts on Madison Boulevard where they found a woman pushing a six-month-old child in a stroller.

Hess said the woman had walked from the Brookwood Apartments in 34-degree weather to buy milk for the baby, but had been denied her WIC voucher because the vouchers had recently been changed to her boyfriend’s name after the two separated. The officers gathered the woman inside the auto parts store where they made arrangements to get the woman home and, without prompt, bought her food and milk with their own money.

Hess praised the officers’ commitment to progressive and innovative problem solving that helps bridge the gap between the department and the community, something that he said is a benchmark of law enforcement excellence.

“Under 21st century policing, these are the actions of our officers on a regular basis,” Hess said. “Their ability to go beyond the call of duty and respond to a call for service and pause and demonstrate the human side of law enforcement, humanizing the badge and demonstrating compassion to our community often goes unseen.”

The officers received a standing ovation from the gathered public at the meeting and Mayor Merilyn Newell called the officers a credit to the Roxboro Police Department and thanked them for their actions.

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