December 25, 2015 the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office shared the following story about a disabled homeless man named “Carl” that Deputies Whipple, Veentjer and Master Patrol Deputy Johnson went above and beyond to help.
Our patrol deputies know firsthand that not everyone gets to be home for the holidays. This Christmas morning, the south precinct crew was dispatched to the McDonalds in South Everett for a disturbance. When they arrived, they found a homeless man, Carl, upset because his electric wheelchair was out of power. He needed to use the restroom but couldn’t get anywhere. Deputy Whipple went and found a business that was open so that Carl could charge his wheelchair and use the restroom. Then Deputy Whipple and Master Patrol Deputy Johnson pushed Carl up the street to a gas station, where they gave Carl bottled water and food from their lunch. Deputy Whipple assisted Carl inside and got him some coffee. In the meantime, Deputy Veentjer went to speak to the manager at the nearby Motel 6. The motel staff put Carl up in a room for the day and would not accept any of the deputy’s money for the room. Deputy Whipple also provided Carl with our Office of Neighborhood embedded social worker’s business card so he can seek further assistance.
As Master Patrol Deputy Johnson told the Motel 6 manager later, “Its people like you and businesses like Motel 6 that can truly help make a difference in someone’s life one day at a time. We here at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office really value our partnership with our community and we thank you for the support.”