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Washington state deputy buys grieving veteran groceries after traffic stop

Deputy Don Kitchen responded to a call reporting an erratic driver Sunday evening, and found an 83-year-old retired Army Colonel behind the wheel (not pictured). (Clallam County Sheriff's Office)

Deputy Don Kitchen responded to a call reporting an erratic driver Sunday evening, and found an 83-year-old retired Army Colonel behind the wheel (not pictured). (Clallam County Sheriff’s Office)

SEQUIM, Wash. – A sheriff’s deputy in Washington state did everything in his power Sunday to make a grieving veteran’s day a little better.

Clallam County Deputy Don Kitchen responded to a call reporting an erratic driver Sunday evening, and found an 83-year-old retired United States Army colonel behind the wheel, according to KCPQ.

Kitchen learned the man had gone to the store for some groceries, but had become lost and disoriented. Kitchen also found out the man’s wife had died recently, and that he lives alone.

So, he decided to help.

The deputy got the man’s car to safety, then took him to the grocery store, helped him shop, and bought the man’s groceries for him.

“Deputy Kitchen didn’t do this for any notoriety; he did it because that is what Deputy Kitchen and most people in law enforcement like to do,” Undersheriff Ron Camerson said. “Help those in need.”