A letter from a heroin addict sharing how a Portland police officer helped him in a desperate moment was being widely shared online Thursday. It drew about 1,500 Facebook “likes” and a many comments praising the officer by evening.
The department posted the letter on its Facebook site at the writer’s request, saying the writer wanted it posted anonymously. In his letter, he described talking at length to Officer Sean Hurley about his situation and being comforted by the officer’s compassion. He said he’s been clean since that day, more than a month ago.
Officer Sean Hurley says he was just doing his job when he encountered a heroin addict and, according to the man, "shook my hand, pulled me in for a hug, and told me he would say a prayer for me.”