Random acts… by the police. In Cocoa, Florida, Deputy Sean Cronin and Field Training Officer Anthony Gonnelly went above and beyond to help a family. The officers, from Brevard County Sheriff’s Officer, reached out to a community services team to get a new car seat and groceries for a family with an infant. The family had fallen on hard times.
Two police officers in the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Sean Cronin and Field Training Officer Anthony Gonnelly, noticed that a mother and her family were going through hard times during a stop for a minor traffic violation in Cocoa, Florida, in late June, WOFL reported.
The officers then decided to help the struggling family out.
They contacted the county’s Community Services Team to ask for help in obtaining a car seat and purchasing household groceries for the family. Two staff members helped them find a car seat, and then went grocery shopping.
The items were delivered to the grateful family later that same day. Although the car seat was donated, the officers reportedly paid for the groceries out of their own pockets.
“It is actions like this and many others that make me so proud of the men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office who do everything they can to protect our community,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey wrote in a post on the department’s Facebook page. Commenters responding to the post praised the officers’ thoughtful actions.
Sheriff Ivey’s Facebook post said:
Earlier this week two of our West Precinct Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Cocoa Mom for a minor traffic violation. During the traffic stop the Deputies realized that Mom and her family were experiencing some extremely tough times and were down on their luck in dealing with some personal issues.
At that point Deputy Sean Cronin and FTO Anthony Gonnelly took it upon themselves to reach out to our Community Services Team to solicit help to find a new car seat for the family who has an infant child. After receiving the call for assistance, Tonja Tucker and Valerie Sauro of our Community Services Unit worked together to locate a car seat and then went shopping for groceries for Mom and her family. Deputy Cronin, FTO Gonnelly, Tonja, and Val then delivered the items to the family later that afternoon so that a family in need could have some help during a tough time in their lives.
While the team was able to get the Car Seat donated, they took the money from their own pockets to pay for the groceries because of their compassion for others and because they each realize that at any given moment in life it could be one of us that experiences a tough time.
It is actions like this and many others that make me so proud of the men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office who do everything they can to protect our community. Like me, they also know how fortunate we are to have a community that takes care of us while partnering together to make Brevard County an awesome place to call home!!
Please join me in commending the actions of Deputy Cronin, FTO Gonnelly, Tonja Tucker, and Val Sauro for going above and beyond to help one of our’s in a time of need!!
Sheriff Wayne Ivey
“Thank you to the deputies and the CSU team for doing the right thing and helping someone in need,” one poster wrote in response to the good deed.
“Thanks to very these awesome deputies!!!” another commented. “Just shows what they are made of…Very compassionate and caring!!”
“So proud to be a resident of Brevard County where our sheriff’s dept is always doing great things for our community,” another posted.