Police officer pays for homeless family to stay in motel as temperature drops

A police officer paid for a homeless family to spend a night in a motel after discovering them in a car during a traffic stop.

The un-named cop from Minnesota was worried that the family of seven would struggle to stay warm in the car with temperatures forecast to drop as low as 10F, or -12C.

Coon Rapids Police Department posted the story of the officer’s kindness on its Facebook page acknowledging that the officer didn’t “want to be named nor receive any recognition”, but sharing it because “these kind of stories aren’t always told”.


On 11/9/2017, CRPD made a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle, the officer found a mom and dad with 5 small children. They…

Posted by Coon Rapids Police Department on Monday, November 13, 2017

During the traffic stop, the kind-hearted police officer found “a mom and dad with five small children”.

“They told the officer they were homeless and were planning to sleep in their car. The officer was afraid that the family, especially the children, might freeze if they slept in the car overnight,” the department wrote on Facebook.

“The officer attempted to find emergency shelter for the family through our normal channels, but had no luck securing it.

“The officer then helped transport the family to a local motel where the officer paid for the room out of their own pocket.”


Posted by Coon Rapids Police Department on Thursday, December 15, 2016

The officer’s actions drew praise on social media.

Lori West wrote: “This is what to serve and protect is all about.”

Paula Anderson wrote: “What a wonderful heart that unnamed officer has. We need more people like that in this world. Sometimes it is more rewarding to give anonymously and not wanting any recognition.”

Daryl Gullickson added: “This is what compassion looks like.”

This week, temperatures in Coon Rapids range from 2C to -9C overnight, according to AccuWeather. The incident happened on November 9.

More in this Section

Brendan Howlin was not impressed with these TV image errors

Give your brain a workout with our Sunday quiz

Weather presenter Gerry Murphy did a brilliant U2 lip sync on the Ray D'Arcy Show

This agile wrestling referee is the funniest human on the Internet right now

Today's Stories

Book gives insight into sisters’ life in monastery

Main parties rule out governing with Sinn Féin

Families concerned over lack of progress in Garda inquiries

RTÉ employee alleged to have sought sex with underage girl


Our divergent relationship with animals

Cork photographer in the frame for top prize

Battle of the bog: Those who fought for access to the bathroom

A towering achievement: Exploring Irish castles and beautiful buildings

More From The Irish Examiner