On Tuesday February 23, 2016 Frisco, Tx. Officer Brandon Ferrante was dispatched to check the welfare of a man sitting near the highway. What he found and did went viral. The officer did not find a man sitting on the highway but rather a man who looked exhausted holding onto a barbed wire fence. The Officer spoke with him and found out that he was a homeless combat veteran.
The Officer said” “I mean he was soaked to the bone. As I talk to him he tells me his story that he’s trying to walk to Denton. At that point I said we need to take care of this guy and we need to take care of him now. There’s no way I’m going to let him walk to Denton.”
The Officer told his story to Fox4 News adding “It’s not just about putting people in jail it’s about helping them out,” The Officer paid for a room for the homeless vet at the Comfort Suites with his own money so the man could get a decent nights rest out of the cold and rain.
The original story and act of charity was posted on the Frisco Police Department Facebook page and went viral:
Earlier this evening, a few of our patrol officers were dispatched to a welfare concern. The call was reported as a person sitting on a curb along Dallas Parkway, in the rain, near Main Street. Once officers arrived and started talking to the individual, they learned the male was homeless, a military veteran and a former Combat Engineer. The next step by our officers was to help this person get room at a nearby hotel. Before they left, the officers left money for him to get a good meal at a nearby restaurant.
This is another example of our officers going above and beyond to fulfill our mission. A job well done by night shift patrol!