Life as a cop can often be difficult, they don’t have the option to ignore matters life some us do with situations in life.
The majority of the time cops are forced to tackle a problem head-on, regardless of the outcome.
Sometimes that’s a good thing, especially in this particular case of 92-year-old Cynthia Hill, who was fortunate enough to be visited by Gainesville officer Kristen Miller.
Prior to arriving at the elderly woman’s residence, the Gainesville Police Department received a phone call from the woman’s family.
Officer Kristen Miller assumed that she would go unnoticed when she went to a vulnerable woman’s home to check on her well-being. What should have been routine, turned out to be very different.
The Gainesville Police Department Facebook page describes what transpired when two of their officers, Kristen Miller and Jessica Van, were dispatched to Hill’s home.
The 92-year-old woman’s relatives were concerned but unable to do anything about it on their own. Officer Kristen went to the old woman’s doorstep and found herself in a situation she definitely didn’t expect.
Cynthia’s food had spoiled and she was all out of water, due to her electricity being out, water service to the home had also been shut off.
Once Officer Miller realised this old lady had no means of transportation to remedy her dire situation, she knew exactly what to do.
Obviously, the older a person is, the less likely they are to be capable of moving around as they once did. Mobility was an issue for this woman and her situation nearly brought the officer to tears.
The officers sprang into action to make sure Cynthia had everything she needed to get by. They dipped into their own wallets to help get her the supplies she required.
When Officer Miller returned with grocery bags, all purchased from her own paycheck, including non-perishable groceries, water and Gatorade – so that the 92-year-old could keep her energy levels up.
But, the generous efforts didn’t end there, the Gainesville Police Department confirmed they were working on Cynthia’s utilities as well, because no vulnerable person should live in such circumstances.
Officer Miller could have made it easy for herself and take the welfare call, see that the woman was alive upon arrival, and report back to her superiors as well as the woman’s family that she was simply still breathing.
But this wonderful policewoman went above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Kristen Miller knows when someone is struggling, as she spent years caring for her parents who had cancer and then became interested in law enforcement to help people.
“My family has played a big role in my life. Both my parents had cancer; my mother had breast cancer followed by leukemia and my father had a brain tumor. I spent my high school and college experience taking care of them both. It was a struggle getting through school worrying about them and working to help pay bills the best I could”, Miller explains.
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