Police officers often get bad publicity, however, there are still numerous police force members who go above and beyond to help those in need. This particular story is an example of one. Kori Malenfant and her parents found themselves stuck at the train station in Boston in the middle of winter, following a brain surgery.
Kori suffered from Chiari malformation, which occurs when there is an opening in the skull and a part of the brain starts to leak through into your spinal canal. The young woman was travelling home from New York to Protland, Maine four days after her procedure.
Unfortunately, their train from New York ran late and they missed their connection in Boston by just minutes. It was the middle of night and the weather was freezing cold, so Kori’s parents approached a nearby police officer to see if they could store their bags somewhere safe while they found a warm place to wait.
What he did instead left them stunned. Kori was on route home following surgery when she found herself stranded, in undesirable conditions.
“Because of the recent inclement weather and train cancellations, our Amtrak train trip back from the Presbyterian Hospital in New York was longer than expected, which caused us to arrive in Boston too late to get on the next train,” Kori wrote in her Facebook post.
“Unfortunately, this train wasn’t leaving the station for another 2 1/2 hours. The train station was very cold, with no place to leave our luggage, and no option for comfortable seating/support for my neck.”
Kori’s mom desperately approached two on duty police officers to check if they could store their luggage somewhere else within the train station. Their plan was to take a taxi to a warmer place to wait for their train.
“The officers quickly assured Mom that they would help us by contacting their captain to see what he could do. Shortly after, the Boston police captain came to us and asked us to follow him,” Kori explains.
That police captain was Captain Kelly J. McCormick, who led the family to his unmarked SUV with the words: “OK guys, follow me. We’re taking a little ride.”
Initially, the family thought he would drive them around to keep warm, so they were grateful for his generous actions. But they soon realized that he was driving further and further north.
“Mom asked where we were going, and he laughed and said he was kidnapping us and that it was perfectly legal. We soon realized he was driving us all the way to Portland, back to our car,” Kori says.
“He said there was no way he was going to allow me to sit in the cold so soon after surgery and that it was his pleasure to drive us.”
The family were emotional over Captain McCormick’s heartwarming gesture. During the trip they traded stories, and the family soon learned that he was one of the main commanders in charge during the Boston Marathon bombing.
Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross wasn’t surprised by McCormick’s generosity. He said that this kind of thing just shows who McCormick is.
“That’s not a one-time thing with Captain McCormick,” Gross said. “He’s always giving. He’s a very free-spirited and giving individual. He has a great soul… The mayor’s allowed us to put captains in each of our 11 districts that do get it, that do go above and beyond,” he continued.
Kori says, “He is a humble, inspiring, kind man,Thank you, Captain Kelley McCormick. May God richly bless and protect you as you have blessed and protected so many others.”
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