Letters to the Editor

Police cared when elderly woman's relatives didn't

On Monday, July 26, Federal Way Police officers Tom Clarke and Gabe Castro assisted with a suspicious circumstances call at 33021 Hoyt Road SW. Upon arrival, they found a 72-year-old female who was sitting outside of what was later discovered to be her son’s residence. It was later determined that the son had left town on Saturday and had left her sitting there. This was during the time that the weather was in the high 90s to 100 degrees. The above officers transported the female to the police station and attempted to contact her family.

During her wait at the station, it was discovered that the female had not eaten and had no money. Officer Castro went down to the Police Department kitchen and brought back his lunch for the woman to eat while waiting for records to get a voucher completed.

The officers continued to attempt contact with family members who were not cooperative. APS was then contacted and they advised that the female should be taken to St. Francis Hospital for an evaluation and that they would then get involved. Since there was no one available to transport the female, the officers, after changing out of their uniforms and on their way home, transported the woman themselves. A son was later contacted and responded to St. Francis to care for the female.

It’s nice to know that we have such caring officers that they would give up their lunch and take their own time to give an elderly female a ride, even when her own family wouldn’t. If only more people in the world today would be as caring as these two officers were, the world would be a better place. It is a pleasure to serve the public with them.

Tami Parker

Federal Way

Editor: Ms. Parker’s letter was sent to the Mirror by the Federal Way Police Department.

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