Roeland Park police continue practice of jumping in to help out

Roeland Park Police Department officer Zack Stamper delivered a bicycle to the man police described as Sam. Photo courtesy of Roeland Park police.
Roeland Park Police Department officer Zack Stamper delivered a bicycle to the man police described as Sam. Photo courtesy of Roeland Park police.

The Roeland Park Police Department is back in the Good Samaritan business.

Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris told shawneemissionpost.com that on Tuesday he observed a man sleeping in the park in the 5700 block of Roeland Drive who had a suitcase and some other items. Officer Zack Stamper was called to investigate and found out that the man was living at a church in Kansas City and had to walk several miles to work at a local liquor store in Mission.

Officer Stamper gave the man a courtesy ride to work and then Stamper went home to get him a duffle bag to replace the suitcase, which he found had a broken zipper. That would make it easier to carry his items the long distance to work.

Chief Morris said Officer Stamper told him about the long walk the man faced each day, so they went to the abandoned bicycle collection at the department. They found a useable bike, cleaned if off and aired up the tires to deliver so he could get back and forth to work easier.

“We did what we thought was right at the time,” Morris said. “Good or bad ending, we will never stop helping those we feel are in need.”

The department drew considerable attention last July when Roeland Park Officer Mark Engravalle went out of his way to help Sarah Robinson, who had been caught shoplifting at the Roeland Park Walmart store. Robinson was later booked on federal drug charges in the St. Louis area from an alleged incident that occured in 2014.