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Ohio officer rents hotel, buys groceries for homeless mother, sons

A mother of two said her prayers were answered after asking for an angel to help her family when they were evicted from their Ohio home.

Tierra Gray took her two young boys to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Hamilton, Ohio on Sept. 19 when they were left homeless after being kicked out of their residence. Gray needed a place for her sons to sleep for the night.

“I was just like ‘Lord, what is it that I am supposed to do? What am I supposed to do right now? My kids are here sleeping inside of a jail lobby,’” she told WLWT News. “I never thought I’d go through that, I mean, to that point. That right there was my breaking point.”

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The mother of two spent the night crying and asking God for help and to send her an angel.

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Her prayers were answered.

Deputy Brian Bussell of the sheriff’s office took Gray into his office the next morning where she thought he was going to ask her to leave. Instead, the pair spoke about religion and life. Bussell also told Gray he was going to help her family get back up on their feet.

“He told me that he was going to help and that we were going to get everything we need taken care of, and I just cried,” said Gray to WLWT.

“I was like, ‘Thank God, you are the angel I have been praying for all night,’” she added.

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Bussell took the two young boys and their mother shopping for groceries, put them up in a hotel and even bought the brothers new shoes, clothes and snacks, all paid for out of Bussell’s wallet.

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“He’s the best, he’s like a friend to me,” said Ziare, Gray’s eight-year-old son to WLWT.

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Gray even posted a message on Facebook about Bussell’s generosity, reading in part:

“God is so good!! He brought this Angel Officer Brian Bussel [sic] and the Butler County Sheriff Department to our rescue this morning. I knew God has a reason for everything he does even though we have been going through storm after storm our rainbow sure has come this morning… Will everyone please share this post so that he is recognized for being our Angel sent from God please!!! This should make news. Share!!!! share!!!! share!!!!”

Now that Gray and her sons have a room to stay for the next few days, family and friends are trying to help save enough money to get a place for the family to live.

“There are good cops,” Gray told WLWT. “They’re still out there. They’re still heroes to our children.”

Global News reached out to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for comment but did not receive a response.

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