December 11, 2015 Kansas City, Mo. Police officer Oliver Weeks responded to a dispatched call of an elderly homeless man in need of assistance and went above and beyond to provide help to the man who had lost everything.
As reported by Fox4 Officer Weeks responds to many homeless individuals but found that something was different about his man he was encountering.
The man spoke with Weeks and begged for his help telling the Officer of his battle with alcoholism, diabetes and how he once had a happy life.
Weeks said “He had lost everything,” “He lost his wallet, lost his phone. He just had a couple pieces of paper.”
“He was a man at rock bottom,” Weeks said. “He looked at me and he’s like, ‘Officer, I just need some help.’ He’s like, ‘Please help me,’ and it just grabbed me. I’m like, ‘I got to help this guy!’”
Officer Weeks followed protocol and called for an ambulance which is where his duty would normally have ended. But this time he gave his personal phone number to the EMT when they arrived. He asked to be contacted when the man was discharged.
He then showed up at the hospital where the homeless man was transported to when he was ready to leave and saw him.
“He had turned his shirts inside out,” Weeks said, “and he had a little bit of hair on the side of his head and he slicked it back like he was ready to go. It was emotional. I was like, ‘All right, man.’ I put him in the front seat of my patrol car. I was like, ‘I’m going to help you out. We’re going to get you there.’”
Weeks had already found a place for the man. It is called Benilde Hall and offers homeless people a place to stay while they are being treated for alcohol and drug problems.
Rachelle Smith who is the director of development at Benilde Hall said, “we had an opening for this individual to come and receive the resources he desperately wanted and needed.”
Weeks was very happy that he had been able to do more than just get the homeless man off the street as a temporary measure stating “Our whole mission is to protect and serve,” Weeks said. “And we spend a lot of our time protecting, but every now and then, we get to serve, and this is one of those times where I got to serve and it was awesome.”
Weeks intends on following up with the man to ensure that he stays on the right track and gets back on his feet.
Kansas City, Mo. Police Officer Oliver Weeks – Photo Credit Fox4