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Officer Helps Move a Stranger to His New Home, 2,300 Miles Away

It's not the first time this Arizona cop has gone above and beyond to help someone in need.


Sgt. Jeff Turney has never been one to turn away when he sees someone in need. He's the guy who always goes the extra mile. And he -- literally -- went an extra 2,383 miles for a 94-year old WWII veteran who needed his help.

Howard Benson was set to move from his home in Glendale, AZ to a retirement place in Fort Meyers, FL near his family. As CBS News reported, the connection between Benson and Sgt. Turney was set in motion when Benson's family called the Glendale police, asking them to talk their father out of trying to move himself -- driving his car and a trailer full of belongings -- to Florida.

Sgt. Turney was dispatched to Benson's home, and at some point realized there was no dissuading the former navigator and radio man. So Turney made a decision: he would drive Mr. Benson all the way from Arizona to Florida himself. Turney took his personal vacation time to do it, and even stayed in Florida a few extra days to make sure Benson was settled into his new home. "As a person, you've gotta step up," Sgt. Turney told CBS.

It's not the first time Turney has been recognized for going out of his way to help. Three years ago he made news when, after spotting a single mom and her kids selling the kids' toys on a street corner for food money, he took her grocery shopping with his own money.

It should be no surprise that Sgt. Turney was named an "Angel of the Year" by the local Angels on Patrol organization that provides resources to families and children in crisis as identified by police officers. You can support them too by clicking here.

If you know a person or organization that's going that extra mile to help people in your community, we'd love to share their story. Contact us at Sparkt.com, or better yet, sign up and post a story yourself.

(Images: Jeff Turney)

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