|School Principal thanks officer for kind act
Frost Elementary School Principle thanks officer for going above an beyond to help a family in need.
Filed under Community Compliments, on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Author: Sergeant Jason Dwyer #3551.
Kim Kianidehkian, Frost Elementary School Principal, wrote the following thank you to Ofc. Tom Moreno:
In December of 2010 I had a parent meeting with a parent whose son was a truant. Over the course of the meeting the mom informed me that she was in treatment for cancer, about to lose her home, and was not receiving any child support for her three children. Many days her ten year old son stayed home from school to help care for her or because she was too ill to take him to school She was deeply worried about the looming holidays and confided that she had absolutely no way to provide any fits to even food for her children. I decided to call Officer Moreno to see if he knew of any resources for this family.
Officer Moreno responded with a generosity that I have never seen before. He immediately took this family of four on as his own personal mission. He contacted his police department friends and colleagues and managed to collect fits, clothing, and food for the entire family. The amazing fits included autographed professional sports memorabilia, coats and clothing for all of the kids, gift certificates for area restaurants and grocery stores, and an entire Christmas dinner catered from a local restaurant since the mom was too sick to go anywhere. The family and I were absolutely amazed at all that he managed to do in such a short time. I will be forever indebted to him and all of his police colleagues for this kind act that will not be forgotten by that family for many years to come.
Officer Moreno is a consummate professional whose dedication, attention to detail and persistence is unmatched. I am always reading about cuts to public workers such as police officers, firefighters and educators. As a public employee I am not immune to the constant public outcry that we don't do enough, care enough or work enough to deserve our exorbitant paychecks and retirement packages. I want you do know that Officer Moreno is absolutely on of the good guys who deserves every single penny and all of his benefits and then some. He is always willing to do more and try harder. I am so grateful that we have him as a resource and support for our students and their families.