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APD Officer Provides Groceries to a Family in Need

Friday’s Hero: Officer Albert Simmons

January 8, 2016

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Officer Albert Simmons for going beyond his daily duties to both serve and protect a local family who was caught in a difficult situation. Officer Simmons’ compassionate actions gave one family faith and earned him the title of this week’s Friday’s Hero.

Officer Simmons was dispatched to the residence of a single mother with her five kids in regards to a stolen vehicle allegation.  The mother called APD to report that a guest of her house had vanished with both her vehicle and debit card. The officer filed a stolen vehicle report, but while investigating further, he found the mother was more concerned about her stolen debit card. Without it, she knew she could not support and feed her kids for the rest of the month. Officer Simmons then called upon the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) to come out the following day to help the family with their situation

After Officer Simmons left the mother and her children, he was still thinking about the family and how they were going to get through the next few days. His conscious motivated him to run to the grocery store to purchase a few items for the family out of his own pocket. He returned to the family’s home to surprise them with milk, cereal and a few other items for the kids.  He was greeted by a surprised, grateful family profusely thanking him for his generosity.

Officer Albert Simmons’ actions demonstrate the kindness and care that he puts into his job. Albuquerque police officers see many people in difficult situations. Officer Simmons’ care and concern for this family was able to give them the hope that there is good in the world despite undergoing a difficult situation. These valiant characteristics have earned him the Friday’s Heroes award.