After shopping at a local Walmart for food and medication, a Texas man made his way to the parking lot with his groceries.
But when he stepped outside, the man suddenly collapsed. When emergency responders arrived, they realized the man, who was in his 50s or 60s, had suffered a diabetic episode of some sort.
However, when he regained consciousness, the man soon realized that someone took advantage of the situation and stole his groceries when he collapsed.
After being treated by the ambulance crew, the man went back into the store and approached off-duty Houston police officer and Walmart security guard Kirsten Koryciak.
Officer Koryciak soon realized the man most likely could not afford to repurchase his medication and groceries, and knew she needed to help.
Diabetes runs in Koryciak’s family, so the officer felt for the man on a personal level.
After hearing his plight, she decided to buy him new groceries and food.
“He said he really didn’t have much money left, he was on a low income, and I said ‘Well OK, let’s go get you something.’ I said, ‘It’s food, you’re not stealing, you’re not doing something else. You’re just simply trying to get some food to help your diabetes,'” she said.
“I offered to buy his groceries to get him some food because he was diabetic and I know that he needed to eat,” Koryciak added.
She repurchased his medication, essential items, and $25 worth of vegetables and other foods.
“I just didn’t want to see that young man suffering. He obviously wasn’t having a great day, he wasn’t feeling good. And that’s part of my job is to care about people and to help people,” she added.
Officer Koryciak said the man’s response to her help was extremely heartwarming.
“That was the best appreciation (and) gratitude I could have received,” she said.
The officer also explained how she’s often seen others witness a situation, but they decide to record the incident on video instead of do something to help.
“I think that’s wrong,” she said. “You have to treat people like they were your own family.”
“If you see somebody being mistreated, or somebody being taken advantage of, say something.”
Officer Koryciak said she “didn’t think twice” about helping the man in need and wouldn’t hesitate to “pay it forward” in the future.
“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she said.
Thank you Officer Koryciak, your kindness is an inspiration to us all!
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