“She had Told Me that They had Last Eaten in the Morning, that Grandma Made Pancakes, But She Couldn’t Get Her Food Stamps Until the 19th, Which was Eight Days Away”


Source of Photograph of  police officer Hector Marquez Jr.:


On 11 September 2013, Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer Hector Marquez Jr. responded to a report of a family fight. After calming the situation, Officer Marquez learned that at the home was a 63-year-old woman raising her grandchildren. Officer Marquez said, “I don’t know how we got onto the topic of the welfare of the kids and if she needed anything. She had told me that they had last eaten in the morning, that grandma made pancakes, but she couldn’t get her food stamps until the 19th, which was eight days away.” The family did not have food. Officer Marquez, using his own money plus $10 donated by an Albuquerque firefighter, bought groceries for the family. According to a Facebook page of the Albuquerque Police Department, “Officer Marquez did not report his act of kindness to anyone else, but one of his squad mates reported the act of generosity to the squad Sergeant so that Officer Marquez could be recognized by his supervisor for his actions.”

For Further Information: “Officer buys needy family groceries.” KOAT (Albuquerque, New Mexico). 30 September 2013


For Further Information: Albuquerque Police Department. Facebook. Accessed 4 October 2013



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