I want to pass on a brief story that just took place. Wednesday, officers responded to a local hotel to evict an individual who could no longer pay for her room. It turned out to be a mother and her four children. Officer Keith Herrera was the responding officer and instead of simply evicting her, he worked hard to help the woman find a place she could stay. He contacted several charities, however, none could accommodate her at this time. When the officer ran out of options, he contacted his supervisor and eventually his shift commander, Lt. Dale Bode. Lt. Bode used his own money to pay for four additional nights for the family to stay at the hotel. Officer Herrera gave the mother money for food. When word hit the station, employees donated additional money so the family could buy Christmas presents and would have gas money to get to Phoenix after the holiday. In total, individual FPD employees donated over $1,200 to the family. Additionally, Officer Herrera and Corporal Al Boognl picked up the family and took them to Target so they could do their Christmas shopping. Target was extremely supportive and donated to the family as well so that they would have a surprising and unexpected Christmas.
It can be easy to forget how many good people put on the blue uniform. Police officers see so much of the hopelessness of things around us, from alcohol and drug abuse to violence. We in Farmington are fortunate to have so many good men and women who are determined to make a difference in the world. As their chief, I am very proud of them. To the community, I ask you to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. I also ask you to remember all the men and women devoted to keeping us safe, even during the holidays.