SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A local officer went above and beyond the call of duty, coming to the aid of a woman in need in more ways than one.
The Seekonk Police Department shared a post on its Facebook page Sunday night about Officer Keith Perry, who was called to help a woman in distress.
When he found out the woman was actually homeless and hungry, he took action.
Upon meeting her, Perry bought the woman food and got her a hotel room so she could safely ride out an impending snow storm.
The department’s post said:After to coming to the aid of a woman in distress tonight, Officer Perry discovered that the woman was homeless and hadn’t eaten in quite some time. He then took it upon himself to buy her some groceries and helped her get to a hotel room to ride out the snow storm. Officer Perry epitomizes the meaning of Public Service. #classact
The positive post has now gone viral, being shared and liked thousands of times since.
“There was an issue where she hadn’t eaten in a while and didn’t look like she had great prospects for getting food, she didn’t have any cash on her, so we just got her a few things to help her get through the day and the next day,” Perry told Eyewitness News on Tuesday.
Perry said he unfortunately sees these types of scenarios too often and did what any other public servant would do.
“It’s part of the job, but I also think that we’re people like anybody else and I think it’s human nature,” the officer said. “You see somebody in a bad way and you have the ability to help them out, I think your natural inclination is to try and do what you can.”
Perry said there isn’t a fund set up for the woman, but instead encouraged others to donate to charities such as the Red Cross and local shelters to help those in need.