Cops Pay For Hotel Room For Homeless Woman Found Sleeping In Shed


An officer and gentleman, indeed.

A photo of an police officer paying for a hotel room for a homeless woman he found sleeping in a shed has gone viral.

When Officer John-Paul Dorais of the Meriden Police Department in Connecticut happened upon a homeless woman sleeping in a shed on Saturday, he knew he couldn’t just leave her there.

“I sympathized with her,” Dorais told The Huffington Post. “She was well-educated, well-spoken, she was just going through a really difficult time.”

“We exhausted all our other options,” Dorais said. “That’s when I turned to Jeff and said ‘What could it really cost us to buy her a motel room?’”

Witkin was touched by Dorais’s idea.

“[Witkin] said, ‘I’ll go half.’ He didn’t even skip beat. So we made it happen,” Dorais said.

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.

“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.”

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