Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – There is more to the story about Chief Hambrick buying a homeless gentleman’s lunch on Monday. After the Chief’s story went viral, it became apparent that two other Mt. Juliet police officers encountered the man the night before. An officer arranged for a hotel room for him, and he pushed the man, in his wheelchair, to the hotel. That act, was caught on in-car video.
Around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015, Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communications Center received a call about a man in a wheelchair hitchhiking on Mt. Juliet Road near Interstate 40. Officer Stolinsky and Creasy arrived and found a 59-year-old man, who was homeless. They could not allow the man to continue hitchhiking, but they ensured he had a place to rest for the night. Officer Stolinsky purchased a hotel room for gentleman to stay in for the night, and he assisted him to the hotel while Officer Creasy followed and blocked traffic with his police vehicle. Stolinsky was later reimbursed by Mt. Juliet Church of Christ for the purchase of the gentleman’s hotel room.
The following day, Chief Hambrick encountered the same man after the Communications Center received a call about him being too close to the roadway. Chief Hambrick purchased his lunch and arranged for Mt. Juliet Church of Christ to assist him to his desired destination, which went viral on social media. Police department staff was unaware of Officer Stolinsky and Creasy’s actions the night before.
“We remain committed to our community, and we try to do everything we can to ensure someone is well taken care of. Police officers go above and beyond all over our Nation,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “Our assistance to the homeless gentleman could not have been possible without the assistance from Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, and I am thankful for our partnership.”