October 16, 2015 Bessemer, Al. While Jenny Reed was passing through a McDonald’s restaurant she noticed a State Police Troop Car in front of her getting a meal. She thought nothing of it believing that the Trooper was just getting lunch for himself. Then she saw the unexpected. She saw the Trooper park, exit his vehicle and open the back door. A man exited the vehicle and pulled out all his belongings and the trooper handed him the food he had just purchased.
Reed spoke with the Trooper who was Trooper Justin O’Neal and found out that the man he had just let out of his vehicle was homeless and on his way to North Carolina. The trooper had just wanted to make sure that the man finally had food in his stomach since the homeless traveler had not eaten in three days.
Reed was overcome with appreciation for what the Trooper had done for the man. She had snapped a photo of the exchange as it happened and posted it to her social media page with the following note:
Photo Credit:Jenny Reed
ABC 33/40 picked up onthe story and spoke with Trooper O’Neal who doesn’t see himself as a hero and stated that Law Enforcement officers do this daily for people across the United States, it is just that this was captured and got some attention for which he is appreciative. But “As a trooper – our main job is to save lives and protect property, but as a christian and as a human being that’s just the right thing to do.”