There are some pretty amazing people in this world. The cool part about it is they are always around. Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook them but they’re often the first ones to step up when needed.
Kori Malenfant was able to witness one of these amazing human beings firsthand when she and her parents were in New York for an important surgery.
Malenfant was suffering from Chiari malformation, where a person’s brain extends into their spinal cord. Needless to say, it was pretty imperative that Malenfant have the surgery. In order to do so, the family needed to travel from their home state of Maine to New York.
However, on their way home, they were delayed by poor weather conditions. The next Amtrak train wouldn’t be for another 2 1/2 hours. To make matters worse, the station was cold and there wasn’t anywhere for Malenfant to rest her neck comfortably after surgery.
Desperate, her mother approached two Boston police officers and asked if there was a place for them to store their luggage so they could look for somewhere warm to go in the meantime.
Malenfant recalled the situation in a Facebook post, “The officers quickly assured Mom that they would help us by contacting their captain to see what he could do. Shortly after, the Boston police captain came to us and asked us to follow him.”
From there, the officer took the family to his unmarked police SUV and loaded their luggage into it.
“He pulled into the police station, got gas, and quickly started heading North. We were all pretty confused at this point, and assumed he was going to ride us around a little bit to warm us up.”
Little did they know, the officer had something else in mind. Instead of driving the family around or taking them somewhere warm, he decided to go the extra mile (no pun intended).
“After quite some time, as we continued moving North, Mom asked where we were going, and he laughed and said he was kidnapping us and that it was perfectly legal. We soon realized he was driving us all the way to Portland, back to our car!”
For clarification purposes, according to Google Maps, a typical ride from New York to Portland is about 5 1/2 hours long. Clearly, this was definitely going above and beyond.
“He said there was no way he was going to allow me to sit in the cold so soon after surgery and that it was his pleasure to drive us. We were all in shock and very emotional at this amazing and generous act of kindness.”
Naturally, they got to know one another during the ride. It turns out the officer, Captain Kelley McCormick, was one of the main commanders in charge during the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed.
“He is a humble, inspiring, kind man. I am blessed and honored to have spent a car ride with such an amazing national hero,” she wrote.
Since then, the post has been shared over 12,000 times and has racked up over 19,000 ‘likes.’
What an aspiring act of kindness by this officer! If you’d like to read Malenfant’s post in its entirety, you can do so here!
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