The photo was posted to the Meriden Police Department’s Facebook page on Sunday and it’s since received over 3,000 likes, more than 700 shares and hundreds of comments praising the officers’ good deed.
“Officer Dorais’s act of kindness exemplifies what the men and women of the Meriden Police Department stand for and we are proud of him and all our officers who do these kinds of deeds that are seldom recognized,” reads the post.
Dorais, who is not a frequent social media user, wasn’t even aware of all the attention the photo was receiving.
“My sister called me and was like, ‘Did you buy a hotel room for a lady?’ And I was like ‘Yeah.’ And she was like, ‘it’s all over Facebook.’”
The post’s popularity actually surprised Dorais.
“Police officers do tons of great things that people don’t know about all the time,” Dorais said. “I’ve seen officers do bigger and better things than what we did. Really it was small in comparison.”