Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood commended two of his deputies on Wednesday for helping an Orlando mother out of a tough situation by buying her a car seat and hotel room.
Early in the morning, Deputy Brady Bergeron and Sgt. Austin Hairston found an Orlando mother at a BP gas station in New Smyrna Beach. She had no money for a place to stay and only one car seat for her two small daughters.
The woman told them she was traveling to the beach for a few days and planned to rent an Airbnb in New Smyrna Beach using her debit card to pay for it. She claimed she had no money because her debit card and ID were stolen in Orlando, so she was asking for money to buy gas.
Deputy Brady Bergeron went to Wal-Mart and bought the woman a car seat for her 5 month-old infant daughter. He installed it and safely adjusted the existing car seat for the other daughter who’s 2 years-old. Body camera released on Wednesday shows Bergeron assembling the car seat and comforting the older daughter.
Sgt. Austin Hairston then made arrangements for the family to stay at a hotel in Edgewater. Both deputies followed the family to the hotel where they helped them check in.
"A Bible verse kept flipping through my head about helping the stranger on the side of the road," said Sgt. Hairston in a phone interview. "When you do that, you're helping the lord."
On Wednesday, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood commended the dedication and generosity of the deputies in personal letters.