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criminalmind1313204 karma

20 plus years ago, when cell phones were not as prevalent as they are today, I was in a very bad place mentally. I was homeless, addicted to drugs, all alone and over 1000 miles away from home. It had been almost 2 years since I had spoken to any of my family and no one knew where I was. I was not suicidal, but definitely in deep depression. I wanted to just talk to someone. I figured that the people at the suicide prevention hotline must be professional talkers, but I didn't even have a quarter for the pay phone. I knew that 911 was a free call and I hoped that they could connect me to the suicide prevention hotline. When I explained my situation to the 911 operator she started asking me questions like "Why do you want to kill yourself?" I explained that I didn't want to kill myself, I just wanted to talk to someone. She continued to ask a bunch of questions and after a short while I started to get frustrated because she wouldn't connect me with the hotline. I was standing at a payphone outside of a convenience store and after about 7 or 8 minutes I turned to look around and a police unit was pulling up on me. I quickly realized she had been keeping me on the line until the officer got there. I told the operator I had to go because I thought that the police wanted to talk to me. She asked if there was an officer there now and when I said yes, she told me that she hoped things got better for me and that I should hang up and go talk to the officer. Long story short, that police officer listened to my story, tracked down my family and confirmed my story and took money out of his own pocket to put me on a bus back home to my family. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if not for that 911 operator I would be dead today, not from suicide, but because of the lifestyle I was living. My mother sent Christmas cards to that police officer every year until her death. There was no way for us to find out who the 911 operator was so I want to thank you for the work that you do. I know that I could not do your job. And I might add, I have been clean for over 22 years now.

criminalmind131324 karma

but Mr. Floyd was a hero in this community.

Was it the theft charges, drug dealing charges or the aggravated armed robbery where he threatened to shoot a pregnant woman in the stomach that made him a hero?