Haysville Police Department receives $1,200 Helping Hand
We regularly hear about law enforcement officers across Kansas dipping into their own wallets to help people need.
This past summer a sergeant with the Haysville Police Department helped a family that ran into tough times during a roadtrip.
Sergeant Randy Nowak is always with his patrol service dog Rox. Rox has a skill set that makes him a valuable partner.
"It's a good bond," said Sgt. Nowak. "One of the best partners I've ever had. Loyal. I get into something and he's right there."
Rox was there last summer when Sgt. Nowak came across a family, two adults and two children, sleeping in a car in a gas station parking lot.
They ran into tough times while on a family vacation from Texas to Iowa. They had to spend money to fix their car - but also helped pull a woman from a burning car.
Seeing their trouble and the good deed they did for someone else, he paid it forward.
"They didn't have a whole lot to get a hotel room and instead of being cramped up with the two small children in a small two door car, I placed them up in a hotel over here," said Sgt. Nowak.
To him, this is just what they do in Haysville.
"We try to help out as much as we can. We've bought food for people, we've helped a lady out, she didn't have any food in her residence, so me and another sergeant went and bought some food for her and brought it over to her," said Sgt. Nowak. "And that all comes out of your guys' pockets?" asked Scott Evans. "Yes," said Nowak.
Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers wanted to make it so situations like this do not have to come out of the officer's pockets. So we surprised Sgt. Nowak with a $1,200 Helping Hand to create a fund for the department to use to help people in need.
"I appreciate that," Nowak said. "That helps out a lot. [We'll] wait for the next person to come along and we'll help them out as we always do. That's what we're here for."