East Haven officers help dig woman out of home

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Armed with shovels, police responded after a desperate 90-year-old woman called the East Haven station yesterday.

“She mentioned that she missed her oil delivery and she was missing her meals that she gets delivered to her house, and I sent Officer Colbert over there to take a look at it,” said Officer Anthony Rybaruk, East Haven.

“I didn’t even know how to get up to her house. She was actually snowed in, I had to look for a path,” said Officer Monique Colbert, East Haven.

Colbert came back to the station and filled them in.

“We just looked at each other and said, instead of talking about how upsetting it is that she has no one to help her out, let’s just go there and help her out,” said Sergeant Joseph Murgo, East Haven.

After their shift ended, they went back to work again. Officer Colbert told the woman that viewers had sent in pictures.

Officer Colbert, Sergeant Rybaruk, Sergeant Murgo, and Sergeant Mulhern all smiles after digging out 90-year-old woman's home
Officer Colbert, Sergeant Rybaruk, Sergeant Murgo, and Sergeant Mulhern all smiles after digging out 90-year-old woman’s home

“I told you I wasn’t going to forget about you and I’m here and her eyes welled up, and then I started getting and then she wants to adopt us,” said Officer Colbert.

It was not an easy job, several feet of snow sat on top of thick ice. However, kindness can be contagious sometimes.

“We had two or three plow trucks that stopped and saw what was going on and they were willing to help us out,” said Sergeant Joseph Mulhern.

Police say that the woman did not want to be interviewed. She is 90-years-old and lives on a busy street by herself, so when photos spread on social media they could not believe it.

“We’re so overwhelmed with the response we’re getting,” said Sgt. Murgo.

“We took that little bit of time out and made a big difference and she was all tearful and it made my day,” said Officer Colbert.

A day made and a community member served.

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