ocala police

Sgt. Erica Hay

Earlier this month, Tianna Greene was walking into a store in Ocala, Fla., when she took a photo of a police officer eating a meal with a person who appeared to be homeless. The Ocala Police Department later confirmed the officer to be Sgt. Erica Hay. 

“I was heading to Dunkin’ Donuts to get breakfast when I saw this man sitting by himself, so, I decided to buy him breakfast,” Hay told the Ocala Post. “I then went over, sat down, and ate breakfast with him.”

Hay said that she had never met the man until that day, but that he enjoyed the meal and conversation with him.

“He turned out to be a very nice man who just has a sad story,” she said. “He is a person.”