James Schweikhard walks his 10 year-old daughter to school every day, but when teachers noticed something strange about the pair, they decided to call the police.
Officers never expected to find this when they searched Schweikhard’s car…
Schweikhard had been living in Colorado with his daughter since August, but after school administrators called the authorities, the father returned to his pickup truck to find it surrounded by police officers.
“I saw them looking at my truck, I said, ‘Officers, what is going on?’” James recounted, according to Mad World News. “[He] said ‘We’re trying to help you.’ I said ‘Ok, I can accept that.’”
The police officers quickly realized that Schweikhard had been living in the car with his daughter for the last few months. The vehicle was packed with all their belongings which they’d brought with them when they fled Oklahoma in search of a better life.
“I packed everything up that we own in the truck there and we just drove here,” he said. “It was more of a risk staying in Oklahoma. I couldn’t get a job for anything, couldn’t get a place to live.”
Schweikhard and his daughter were struggling to survive when her teachers figured out she was living in the truck and called the police. Touched by the father’s story, Lakewood Police Officer James Butler knew he had to do something.
Butler got the homeless family into a shelter, and called a tow truck to transport their car to Sun Valley Automotive, who agreed to repair the truck for free.
“It was the right thing to do,” Butler said. “Because at any point in time in our lives anyone of us can be in that same situation offering assistance to another human being is the right thing to do.”
Now, Butler and his fellow officers are doing everything they can to get the Schweikhards into permanent housing. The young father is surprised but touched by the compassion of the officers.
“I think it’s awesome, I think it’s really cool, very unexpected, but very cool,” he said.
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