Hungry Disabled Guy Calls Cops; They Respond
Tennessee man hadn't eaten in 2 days after caretaker stole his debit card
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2016 11:11 AM CST
Tennessee police, helping those in need.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – The Tennessee town of Mount Pleasant is living up to its name through its police officers, who responded to a call from an elderly disabled man in the best way possible. WKRN reports that the PD received a call Saturday evening from the 79-year-old resident, who said he lived on a fixed Social Security income and that he hadn't had a bite to eat in two days. A caretaker had stolen his debit card the weekend before, he noted. So the officers showed up at his door with $160 worth of food (enough to last a month, per WAFF) that they paid for themselves—and they even put it all away for him.

"We would like to commend these fine Mount Pleasant Police Officers for going above and beyond the call of duty," a post put up Monday on the police department's Facebook page reads. They also arrested a suspect in the debit card theft: 36-year-old Tammy Brooks, per WKRN. And the officers decided to take their good deed further: They've since started a food pantry and are now asking for donated canned goods to help others in similar situations, per the station. (Another moment of kindness on an NYC subway.)