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Sheriff's Deputies Caught on Camera Buying Shoes and Sandwich for Man Loitering Behind Gas Station

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On June 13, a call came into the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida regarding a man who was wandering around near a gas station in the Trinity area.

While deputies could have responded and shooed the man away, they gave him a helping hand instead.

Barefoot and hungry, the man seemed a bit dazed in the bodycam footage that has been released.



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“The original call was for someone who was loitering behind the gas station,” Amanda Hunter, public information manager for the sheriff’s office, told Fox News. “But in talking with the subject they noticed he was not wearing any shoes.”

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“You ain’t got shoes, my dude?” one of the deputies can be heard saying in the video shared by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

A short while later, a deputy brought over a Walmart bag and took out a pair of size 13 flip-flops, removing the wrapping and tossing them down on the ground for the man to put on.

After getting the man situated footwear-wise, they asked him if he was hungry. He said yes, so they went into the gas station convenience store and bought him a sandwich.

“Last night, PSO deputies responded to a report of an individual loitering behind a gas station in the Trinity area,” the post said. “While speaking with the individual, deputies realized he wasn’t wearing shoes.

“Deputies then decided to buy a pair of flip flops for the individual from a nearby store. The deputies also worked with the gas station to get a sandwich for him. Another citizen saw these actions and thanked the deputies.

“We are proud to serve our community and this is a true example of #WeFightAsOne to help those in need in our community.”

At the end of the video, when the man came up and thanked the deputies, one responded, “Can’t let a human being walk around with no shoes.”

The video has since been shared hundreds of times, and many have commented their thankfulness to the two deputies. Others have commented to say that this is how the law enforcement officers in their lives have acted, despite the bad apples that end up getting a lot of attention.



Hunter echoed that sentiment, highlighting the fact that Pasco’s deputies are good people who got into that line of work because they wanted to make a difference.

“This is not an uncommon story for deputies,” she said. “It’s not one we really talk about enough, but this is very common for the Pasco sheriff’s office. We serve all citizens no matter their conditions or anything like that.

“The deputy mentioned in the video, ‘No human being should go without shoes.’ It was just a no-brainer. The deputy saw this person with no shoes and didn’t even think twice about heading to the store to grab him some.

“That’s us fighting together with the community to make a better Pasco. I can’t speak for every law enforcement officer across the country, but I can tell you that an overwhelming majority of our people are in this job to help people. Whether that be on a call for service in a domestic violence situation or as you see in this video just helping someone out with a quick meal and some shoes.

“Deputies at our agency get involved in this career because they have a deep desire to help people.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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Olympic Cyclist Celebrates Victory as She Crosses the Finish Line, Then Learns a Gold Medal Isn't Coming

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Neither the gold medal winner nor the woman who celebrated when she thought she had won could quite believe the results of the women’s Olympic bicycle road race on Sunday. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten put on a massive gold medal-worthy display of victory as she crossed the finish line. But there was one catch. Anna Keisenhofer of Austria had been so far ahead of the rest of the pack that two minutes before van Vleuten had celebrated her finish, Keisenhofer had already had won the race,  according to Cycling News. Van Vleuten waved her arms in triumph and embraced members of her team, only to learn the truth after someone knowing the facts poured cold water on the celebration. Olympics: Van Vleuten celebrates but mistakes silver for goldhttps://t.co/2twUgBGbht #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/fV1qpmtfiw — Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 25, 2021 “I didn’t know. I was wrong. I didn’t know,” she said. “This is an example (of what happens) if you ride an important race like this without communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it’s the three of us standing here and wondering who has actually won,” van Vleuten said, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, according to CNN. In most races, cyclists are in radio communication with their teams, but that is not allowed in the Olympics. “I’m gutted about that, of course,” she said. Although the realization that she had not won a gold medal hurt, van Vleuten said winning a silver medal remained an achievement. “I’m really proud of the medal, because I did not have an Olympic medal. It’s also a silver medal with a shine on it, because I felt super good today,” said van Vleuten. “My goal was to be at my best-ever level here, and I think I nailed that. It’s…

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