MERIDEN — Two local officers were recognized this week after they assisted a man living in his car.
On Saturday morning, Officers Ericka Garcia and Shelby Saleeba came across a man that appeared to be sleeping at the wheel of a vehicle at a gas pump at Cumberland Farms on Broad Street, police said in a statement Wednesday. The officers learned the man was homeless and was living in his vehicle.
The officers were prepared with a care package, which was supplied by Rushford. The officers also paid, out of their own money, to fill the man’s gas tank and get him something to eat, the statement said. Police noted temperatures were in the single digits Saturday night.
“Neither officer sought recognition; rather a Sergeant happened to pass by and stop to check on the officers,” the statement said. “This act of kindness reflects great credit on these two officers and highlights some of the good deeds the men and women of the Meriden Police Department do even when no one is watching or learning about it. Great job Officers.”