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Savannah officer goes above and beyond for local family

WJCL 2/13/2018
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A random act of kindness has now turned into a strong friendship.

Sergeant Kasey Suddath of the Savannah Police Department was patrolling a neighborhood during the winter weather back in January when she saw three young girls walking to school in clothes that were too small and not weather appropriate.

Sergeant Suddath found out where the girls lived and learned that they were living in a home with their 17-year-old sister and grandmother, Ida M. Jones. A few years ago, their mother was tragically killed, so their grandmother is now caring for them.

But Jones has her own health issues and the home had gone without hot water, a stove and heat for a long time.

When Suddath heard their story, she decided to help the family by providing basic needs that were not met, which is something Jones said caught her by surprise; however, Suddath said it's why she chose her career.

"I kind of got into this...to make a difference to at least one person. That's all I can do. My whole career is just to make a difference to one person, a genuine different, then I know that's my purpose."

So far, Suddath has donated some of her daughter's clothes, boxes of food and other immediate needs. She coordinated with other people and were able to give Jones a new cane and one local plumber donated and installed a water heater.

Sergeant Suddath said this is just the beginning of a long relationship with Jones and her granddaughters. She said she plans to continue helping in anyway she can.

If you would like to get involved in Suddath's efforts, you can call the Savannah Police Department Public Affairs Office at (912) 651-6666 or email scmpdpublicaffairs@savannahga.gov.

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