Deputy Helps Homeless Mother And Sons Get Back On Their Feet

| by Reve Fisher
Deputy Brian Bussell and Tierra Gray's sonsDeputy Brian Bussell and Tierra Gray's sons

At the Butler County Sheriff's Office in Hamilton, Ohio, Deputy Brian Bussell went above the call of duty to help a homeless mother and her two children get back on their feet.

After having been evicted, Tierra Gray took her two children to the police station to spend the night -- a decision she said was one of the lowest points of her life.

"I was just like, 'Lord, what is it that I am supposed to do? What am I supposed to do right now? My kids are here sleeping inside of a jail lobby,'" she told WLWT. "I never thought I'd go through that, I mean, to that point. That right there was my breaking point."

Gray said she spent the night crying and praying, asking God to send her an angel.

The next morning, Bussell invited Gray into his office. Gray feared he was going to ask her to take her children and leave or take her boys away from her. Instead, they talked about life and God.

"He told me that he was going to help and that we were going to get everything we need taken care of, and I just cried,” Gray said. “I was like, 'Thank God, you are the angel I have been praying for all night.'”

Gray said Bussell took her and her sons to get food, paid for a 10-night hotel stay for the family, and took them on a shopping spree. He bought new shoes and clothes for the boys, toiletries and snacks, and he gave Gray spending money out of his own wallet.

“I’m just really, really grateful,” Gray said. "Prayer goes a long way.”

At the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, colleagues said they are not surprised by the deputy's kindness, nor by the fact that Bussell did not call attention to his actions.

“There are good cops,” Gray said. “They’re still out there. They’re still heroes to our children.”

Gray said family and friends are currently trying to help her find a place to live.

Sources: WLWT (2), LiftBump

Photo credit: Screenshot via WLWT