BUTLER COUNTY, OH (WTXF) - The Butler County Sheriff's department is very proud of one of its own officers, Deputy Brian Bussell, for helping a homeless family.
Bussell, a 25 year veteran with the Butler County Sheriff's Office, noticed a mother and two children sleeping in the chairs of the Butler County jail lobby early Sunday morning.
"I know our visitation is at 9 AM, and I saw the lady and the two young children sitting in the chairs," Deputy Bussell said. "I assumed they were here to visit someone in our jail. When I walked back out a while later, the children were asleep, and the lady was still sitting there, so I inquired if she needed assistance."
The woman in the lobby, Tierra Gray, had been evicted from her home in Oxford, Ohio where the children attend school. She explained to Bussell that there was a waiting process for assistance with housing and she should hear from them by Wednesday.
Deputy Bussell, with the assistance of Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard, tried calling several shelters and other avenues to get Gray and her children a place to stay.
"Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that," Deputy Bussell said.
Next, Deputy Bushell called a hotel in Oxford and booked a hotel for 10 days out of his own pocket.
He then took the family to the Walmart in Oxford and told them to pick out clothes and shoes.
"He went to the Walmart when they were done and paid for everything," Sheriff Jones said. "This is a true act of kindness.
Bussell did not tell anyone at work what he had done but Gray took a picture with him and posted it on her Facebook.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is very proud of one of his own for helping a homeless family. Deputy Brian...
Alongside the photo of Deputy Bussell with her children, she wrote, "God has blessed us this week and I don't know what I would have done. This officer, Brian Bussell, from Butler County Sheriff's Department, has truly blessed me and my family. We are homeless and Saturday night we slept inside the butler County Jail Lobby with the clothes we had on our back and nowhere else to go."
It was shared so many times that the Butler County Sheriff's office got a phone call asking if I knew what a generous gesture my deputy did."I am pleased that he was able to help this family out. This speaks volumes in light of all the recent negativity people are saying about law enforcement. I have some of the best employees here," Bushell responded.
Since then, she and her sons have stayed with family and friends and are waiting to hear about assistance with housing, according to Daily Mail.