A Maryland police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when he paid for a hotel room for a homeless mother and her child.

Prince George’s County Police Department Cpl. Che’ Atkinson saw a woman and her 1-year-old daughter sitting in the police station’s lobby with several bags in tow. The woman told Atkinson that she was a victim of domestic violence and had just become homeless.

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The police department explained on their Facebook page:

Corporal Atkinson immediately set out to get the woman and her one-year-old daughter assistance from local resources. He was also able to find a distant relative who planned to pick up the woman and child. On Thursday morning, Corporal Atkinson was surprised to see them still sitting in the station lobby. It turned out the family members wouldn’t be able to pick up the mother and daughter until Friday. He also learned the two hadn’t eaten in days. With his own money, Corporal Atkinson rented the woman and her child a hotel room. He found a child car seat and put it in his cruiser in order to safely transport the little girl to the hotel. He also bought them food and drinks.

Sgt. Jimmy Seger, who snapped photos of Atkinson helping the family, said that he found the corporal’s actions extraordinary.

But Atkinson said this morning on “Fox and Friends” that he was just doing his job.

“It really wasn’t a thought process, it was just instinct,” he said of his act of kindness. “This is what we do. This is my job, to serve and to protect.”

Watch the interview above, and see photos of Atkinson transporting the homeless woman’s luggage below.






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