CAMDEN, NJ (WTXF) - Camden County police officers went above and beyond the call of duty.
FOX 29's Shawnette Wilson has the story.
“I just need somebody to come out. I had went to local churches and everything trying to find food for my children. My kids haven’t eaten since yesterday,” said the woman on the call.
“Just for me to hear it was four children that were hungry and they hadn’t eaten since the day before was very heartbreaking for me,” said Bagby who then sent Officer David Hinton to the home.
“We knew we had to do something right there. We knew we couldn’t just let them be hungry,” said Officer Hinton.
Tonight, they were honored at the Camden County Freeholders monthly meeting in Runnemede for what they did for the family.
Officer Hinton first took a fast food meal to the family but then decided along with Bagby and her mom who is a Lieutenant with Camden County Metro Police to take bags of groceries to the family that night. They used money out of their own pockets.
“The children were lined up behind her in excitement to receive the groceries. They were looking in the bags and seeing what’s there. They were very excited very happy,” said Bagby. They received a plaque for their actions but say this kind of empathy is part of their job.
“With this department it’s something we would do everyday,” said Officer Hinton.