Butler County, Ohio Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Bussell “The Angel I had been praying for all night”

September 19, 2015 HAMILTON, Ohio Tierra Gray found herself in a place no one ever wants to be. Destitute with two children she had no place to live, no money and no hope. She went to the local Sheriff’s Office in Butler County so her children could sleep in the waiting room of the Jail for the night in safety. The next morning a Deputy approached her and she thought he was going to tell her she could no longer occupy the lobby with her children. She was right.

Gray stated “I was just like Lord, what is it that I am supposed to do? What am I supposed to do right now? My kids are here sleeping inside of a jail lobby. I never thought I’d go through that, I mean, to that point. That right there was my breaking point,”

Gray said she prayed all night begging god to send her an Angel in her our of great need. In the morning A Deputy walked out into the waiting room where she and her children had stayed the night. She thought that he would tell her that they could no longer stay in the Sheriff’s Department and she worried having no place to go.

Instead the Deputy Brian Bussell had Gray  come into his office where they talked about her situation and among other things god according to WLWT5. The Deputy told Gray that he was going to help her get back on her feet.

“I know our visitation is at 9 AM, and I saw the lady and the two young children sitting in the chairs,” Deputy Bussell said. “I assumed they were here to visit someone in our jail. When I walked back out a while later, the children were asleep, and the lady was still sitting there, so I inquired if she needed assistance.”

Deputy Bussell and Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard tried relentlessly to find some temporary housing through local shelters however “Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,” Deputy Bussell stated.

At that point Deputy Bussell a 25 year veteran contacted a Hotel in Oxford and booked a room for the Gray family for 10 nights and paid for it himself. That time will help Gray with finding more suitable housing and a way to provide for her family. Deputy Bussell wasn’t finished though. Seeing as how the children were without clothing and other necessities he took them shopping.

He purchased new shoes and clothes for the kids, toiletries, snacks, and money out of the deputy’s own wallet. His actions did not go unnoticed, even by Gray’s 8-year-old son, Ziare.  “He’s the best,” Ziare said. “He’s like a friend to me.” WLWT5. reported.

Gray stated “The Angel I had been praying for all night”

Gray posted on social media about the incident thanking god stating “I’m just really, really grateful,” she said. “Prayer goes a long way.”

She also posted the following on her social media page:

“God is so good!! He brought this Angel Officer Brian Bussel and the Butler County Sheriff Department to our rescue this morning. I knew God has a reason for everything he does even though we have been going through storm after storm our rainbow sure has come this morning. My kids and myself will never forget what God and his Angels had done for us!! Did I say God is good? I think I did but I’m gonna say it again, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME EVEN THROUGH THE MIST OF YOUR STORMY WEATHER!!! Amen!! Will everyone please share this post so that he is recognized for being our Angel sent from God please!!! This should make news. Share!!!! share!!!! share!!!!”  “There are good cops,” Gray said. “They’re still out there. They’re still heroes to our children.”

Deputy Bussell’s actions would have gone unnoticed had it not been for that facebook post.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said it’s not surprised by Bussell’s kindness and that he would not call attention to his actions.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones stated in part on the Departments Facabook page:  “He did not tell anyone at work what he had done but the lady took a picture with him and posted it on Facebook. That’s actually how we found out. It was shared so many times that I got a phone call asking if I knew what a generous gesture my deputy did. I am pleased that he was able to help this family out. This speaks volumes in light of all the recent negativity people are saying about law enforcement. I have some of the best employees here.”

Gray’s husband is currently working in Cincinnati hoping to save enough money to buy a car. Her friends are trying to get together enough money to help sustain the small family in an apartment as well.

The photo that appeared was captioned with the following message: You know How good God is. God has blessed us this week and I don’t know what I would have done. This officer, officer Brian Bussel from butler county sheriff’s department, has truly blessed me and my family. We are homeless and Saturday night we slept inside the Butler County jail lobby with the clothes we had on our back and no where else to go. Officer Holly got us blankets and I watched my kids sleep. When morning came Officer Brian Bussel brought me and my boys in his office and arranged for us to be placed in a hotel for 10 days and took us out to get all new clothes. God is so good!! No one sees the good in our officers now days because everyone is judging all officers for what a few does and isn’t that the same thing each culture goes and been through by others for centuries? This world won’t be here long because “WE” as humans, will destroy it. God bless you all!!! “Blessed one another and Do something today that will set you on a better path tomorrow.”

Butler County Ohio Deputy Brian Bussell with The Gray's Children
Butler County Ohio Deputy Brian Bussell with The Gray’s Children
Credit: Butler County Sheriff
Tierra Gray's Children sleeping in the Waiting room of the Butler County Sheriff
Tierra Gray’s Children sleeping in the Waiting room of the Butler County Sheriff
Credit: WLWT5


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