July 27, 2016 Officers Christopher Saunders and Edward Costley of the Richmond Police Department responded to the Salvation Army thrift store to assist a woman who was stranded. When they arrived they found Tunya Bingham, 52 and her sick dog a 15-year-old Lhasa poo. The weather was stormy and Bingham had no place to go.
Bingham had hoped that the Officers would take her and her dog named Max to the Police Station where they would at least be safe from the elements but the two officers drove her to a local motel where she could rest comfortably with her pet.
The two officers each paid for one nights lodging for Bingham so she would be able to rest without worrying about where she would have to sleep the next day as they attempted to find a more permanent solution to her problem.
The next day officer Saunders, his wife and Costley paid for Bingham to stay a full seven nights in the Motel as the story grew and gained social and media attention.
Officer Saunders rightfully originally brought attention to this story thus helping Bingham in a tweet:
My partner & I helped a homeless woman & her sick dog find shelter during the storm. 2 nights in a hotel on us. #RVA
Happily he was able to report later in another tweet:
So many people have contacted me wanting to help Tunya. I feel confident that RVA will help get her back on her feet. Thank you all.