New York City police grocery shop for elderly Korean War veteran stuck inside
Veteran, 94, was unable to get groceries – until the NYPD stepped in
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New York City police officers jumped at the chance to help an elderly man and Korean War veteran in need of groceries amid new coronavirus concerns, a department official announced Monday.
Police in Queens rushed to a call for help around 10 a.m. Sunday expecting to find a person in need of medical assistance, as was the description provided to 911. Instead, they encountered the 94-year-old man, who was trying to get in touch with a grocery-delivery service, but was having trouble an NYPD spokesperson told FOX Business.
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The officers stepped in to shop for the nonagenarian, whom Police Commissioner Dermot Shea identified as being a Korean War veteran, and even footed the bill for his food, despite the man's efforts to pay them, the spokesperson said.
At least 248,431 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,298 deaths have been reported in New York as of Monday morning, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. Elderly individuals have been deemed the most vulnerable, and those left without help and stuck inside are left without means to get food or necessary supplies.
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Shea also shared a video montage of the masked officers grocery shopping, checking out and delivering the bagged food to the smiling man.
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His tweet quickly received thanks and praise from social media users, some of whom described how they were moved to tears by the story.