Oregon deputy buys food, cooks for hungry elderly person

Marion Co. Sheriff’s Dep. Matt Higgins

Marion County, Ore. – A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy stepped up to help elderly person in need Thursday night.

MSCO said Deputy Matt Higgins responded to a welfare check at around 7:30 p.m. on Lancaster Drive NE.

Deputy Higgins was greeted by an elderly person who explained they were fine and didn’t need any medical attention, but they were hungry and couldn’t remember the last time they ate.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Higgins asked to come in. When he did, he found the only food in the house was some expired condiments and two cans of green beans.

That’s when Deputy Higgins decided to demonstrate through action the “foundational character traits” MSCO said deputies live by: Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism and Conviction.

Instead of taking the person to the hospital where they would be fed and provided service, Deputy Higgins called Sergeant Justin Kinyon to the home. The two deputies took the elderly person to the store to buy some much needed food.

The sheriff’s office said while Sergeant Higgins put the food away, Deputy Higgins took to the stove and made some “tasty Italian Hamburger Helper” for the hungry resident to eat.

Deputies said the foundational character traits MSCO lives by are “not just words written on a piece of paper. Not just words echoed in hollow halls devoid of feeling. These are words spoken and lived each day by your Marion County Deputy Sheriff’s.”

Senior services was contacted and will follow up with the resident to make sure their needs are met.

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