Chicago officers good deed goes viral: How they helped this disoriented woman

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 19:41:09-04

CHICAGO – Lost and disoriented in her own neighborhood, an elderly Chicago woman is now safely home thanks to Chicago police officers. The officers also helped stock her kitchen with food after discovering she had very little.

WGN TV reports that the good deed has gone viral on Facebook.

The Chicago Police Dept posted the story and accompanying picture early Friday.

The post begins:

Yesterday Officer Haro and McDonald were dispatched to a call of a found person near 95th and Halsted. Upon arriving they learned that an elderly woman appeared to be lost and disoriented was wandering around the area for hours.

They located the woman, who had difficulty in communicating with the officers.

It was quickly determined that she was non verbal and appeared to have extreme difficulty communicating.

But the officers persisted.

Quick thinking Officer Haro began to write questions for the lady who began to respond through pen and paper with the officers. It was determined that the woman lived a couple of blocks away and Officers Haro and McDonald walked with her as she walked down the street to her residence.

And they did not stop there.

Upon escorting her into the residence, the officers discovered that the woman lived by herself and had very little food in her house. Without missing a beat, both officers returned to the car and went to Jewel to buy groceries for the woman. The officers returned to her house and stocked the refrigerator and cabinets with food…. paid for out of their own pockets. They were thanked with tears and a hug and went on their way to their next job.

The post, which has been shared over 4,000 times, ends with

We couldn’t be prouder to share this story, these officers exhibited true concern for the community they police. Thank you!

The post has also garnered over 14,000 likes.