When Tierra Gray was unable to pay the rent for her home in Butler County, Ohio, she and her two sons found themselves evicted and unable to find shelter. Things seemed hopeless as the family spent a night in the Butler County Jail lobby, uncertain of what to do next, as Gray later wrote in a Facebook post. But they weren't anticipating to find a guardian angel in that same building.
According to the Facebook post, Deputy Brian Bussell, a veteran working at the location, initially assumed they were there to visit someone in jail, but upon questioning them, was made aware of their dire circumstances. Rather than tell them they had to leave, as Gray admits she was expecting in a video interview with WCPO (see below), Deputy Bussell surprised her by taking matters into his own hands. There were no immediate availabilities in the local shelters, so he instead found the family a hotel room for 10 days. He also took the family to a nearby Wal-Mart, where he helped them get new clothes, including shoes for the young boys.
The greatest twist in the story, as the Sheriff's Office explains in its Facebook post, is that the man took it upon himself to pay for all of these expenses out of his own pocket, rather than ask the Sheriff's Office to find a way to handle the situation. Sheriff Richard K. Jones explains he did not even know Bussell had done all of this, and found out from Gray's Facebook post.
Gray and her family were able to wait in relative comfort to hear about assistance with housing, thanks to Deputy Bussell. "That right there is the biggest thing that could ever be done by any human being on this Earth," she told WCPO. "I am more than grateful that I met that man."
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