ROELAND PARK, Kan. – A police department is getting a lot of attention for helping a member of their community who had fallen on hard times.
Samuel Meixueiro was spotted sleeping in park in Roeland Park, Kansas. Someone thought it was suspicious, so they called police. But officers soon found that the man was just trying to make a living after losing his home.
“Sometimes I have to sleep outside because I want to keep my job,” Meixueiro told Fox 4KC. “That’s just how it is.”
He says he’s had a checkered past, and because of that a lot of doors have been shut in his face. He has lost his home, and has been sleeping in a church. He spends about two and a half hours walking from Kansas City to Mission for work everyday. That’s more than seven miles.
Then, after his shift is over, he walks back.
On Tuesday, he took a break in a nearby park before work and someone called police. Instead of disciplining the hardworking man, Officer Zach Stamper listened to his story, and sympathized with him.
Officer Stamper drove Meixueiro to work that day, but he didn’t stop there. Thirty minutes later, the officer came back to Meixueiro’s office with a bike and a duffel bag to help him carry his things.
“I cried. I couldn’t believe it. Things are so hard for me right now. Any kind of help is just a blessing,” Meixueiro said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Watch the heartwarming story above.