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Homeless Family Finds Guardian Angel in Deputy

'There are good cops. They're still out there'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2015 5:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – While feeling like she had finally hit rock bottom, a homeless mother of two found her guardian angel in the form of an Ohio sheriff's deputy, WCPO reports. Tierra Gray and her sons were rotating between the homes of friends, family, and church members after being evicted for failing to make a rent payment. On Saturday, with nowhere else to go, the family ended up staying at the Butler County Sheriff's Office. "My kids are here sleeping inside of a jail lobby," Gray tells WLWT. "I never thought I'd go through that, I mean, to that point. That right there was my breaking point." In the morning, she was approached by Deputy Brian Bussell. She thought he was about to kick them out, WCPO reports.

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Instead Bussell paid for a hotel room for Gray and her sons for 10 days while they looked for a new place to stay, WCPO reports. He also bought them food and new clothes. "There are good cops," Gray tells WLWT. "They're still out there. They're still heroes to our children." But Bussell wasn't done yet. With Gray's friends and family trying to pull together enough money for an apartment, Bussell used a connection to get them one, WLWT reports. It looks like they won't need all 10 days in that hotel: The family moves in Friday. "God has blessed us this week," Gray writes on her Facebook. "I don't know what I would have done." (An Indiana man's positive encounter with police is also going viral.)

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