September 23, 2105 Roeland Park, Ks. Police Department officer Zack Stamper was dispatched to a local park to check on a man who was sleeping in the park. He found a weary man who needed a break and he gave him more than one.
Samuel Meixueiro has recently fallen on very hard times, losing his home he has to live in a church now. He works in a liquor store which is a fife to six hour walk for him one way.
Samuel stops in the park often to rest himself because he is weary from working and walking to work.
Officer Stamper spoke with Samuel for a while and offered him a ride to work. He then went home and got him a duffle bag to replace the suitcase he had been traveling with that had a broken zipper to make carrying his items easier.
When Stamper returned to the station he spoke with his Chief John Morris about Meixueiro and the extraordinary effort the man goes through and the hard times that have befallen him.
The two of them went through the abandoned bicycle collection at the Department and cleaned up one of the better bikes that they had there. They filled the tires with air and Stamper found Meixueiro again and presented him withe the Bike.
Meixueiro recalled “I cried. I couldn’t believe it. Things are so hard for me right now. Any kind of help is just a blessing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” According to allthatsnews.
Of course it all began with the simple dialog “He shook my hand, we had a chat like I was talking to a friend of mine.” Meixueiro stated “As I told him my story he started loosening up. Started realizing I’m not a vagrant. I have a job. I’m doing the best I can.”
That in turn gave Both the ability to give and take, the officer the ability to do some good and pay it forward making a friend and Meixueiro to see an Officer as more than a Law Enforcement officer but as human.
Stamper said “It made my day. It made my career.” Meixueiro said it meant the world that someone believed in him and his future. The two exchanged numbers and plan to keep in touch.