The following is a message the Evansville Police Department posted on it's Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon. A homeless man was found deceased by the railroad tracks on Maxwell Ave near Fares Ave on Tuesday. His cause of death has been contributed to the extreme heat we recently experienced. These 2 officers had contact with this man prior to his death and attempted to get him to go to a shelter. When he refused assistance, they gave him some money for food and water. Kudos to these officers for going above and beyond the call of duty! We also extend our sympathy to the deceased man's family. Here is the message posted by the EPD:
We would like to recognize the compassion shown by two of our officers on July 7th.
As you may have heard, a person was found deceased near the train tracks at Maxwell and Fares yesterday. While it was reported that EPD had contact with him on July 7th, the details of that contact were not elaborated on.
Officers Kurt Pritchett and Jerry Tooley spent several minutes with the person and talked to him about the heat and ways to stay safe. They did not stop at just giving some advice. They continued to talk to him about his situation. When the officers learned he was homeless and had no money, they gave him some money for food and also gave him a bottle of water.
While these actions are not often reported in the media, it is not uncommon for our officers. From replacing a stolen bike for a child to buying shoes for a homeless person who was wearing a pair that was too small, our officers show compassion on a regular basis.
Those compassionate acts define our character more than any arrest ever could.