CMPD officers take time to help struggling single mom

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A single mom is thanking two caring Charlotte Mecklenburg police officers who went above and beyond to help her out during a tough time.

“It’s just been really tough times,” said Tishea Perry said.

Since Perry came to Charlotte with her adorable three-year-old daughter nothing has seemed to go right.

“I’ve been having a tough time since living here my door has been kicked a couple times someone has broken into my home.”

First, Perry’s door was kicked in—left hanging off the hinge. Then, days later, she discovered her front tire slashed not just once, but eleven times. That’s when she called police.

“I don’t know, something about that call just stuck with me,” CMPD Officer Reinke said.

Reinke responded and took down a routine police report.

“She didn’t deserve what’s happened to her it struck a chord for me,” he said. 

 A few weeks later, following up, Reinke realized Perry was still driving on a donut and her door frame remained broken.

“I got an idea to get her a tire,” said Reinke. 

So, on his day off, Officer Reinke went by and told Perry he needed her tire for fingerprints.

“He said he was going to dust my tire for prints, so he came back w a brand new tire and brought my daughter a stuffed animal dog. She says she wants to be a police officer when she grows up,” Perry said. 

He really just needed the tire to buy a match for it so he could have a brand new one put on her car. He called detective Adam Planty, who was eager to help.

“Every now and then you come across a situation like this one where you can go the extra mile and really make a difference in someone’s life,” said Planty. 

He showed up at her house, gave her a new tire, put it on the car and did some repairs to the door that day. 

"I'm a little emotional because no one else would help me. I called several times to tell them I was afraid of being in my home with my door open and it had been three and a half weeks nothing was done, and the next day my door was fixed," Perry said.

Two officers, using their time off to help get results for a complete stranger..

"I just could not believe two strangers were at my house fixing my door, let alone police officers.

Perry's three year old wants to be a police officer, and now there's even more of a reason to want to be just like the boys in blue.

"It makes me feel good, like I made a difference to somebody which is all I can ask for," Reinke said.

Perry is grateful for one of her first great expriences since moving.

"There has been nothing good happening since I've been in Charlotte, so that highlighted my entire stay here. I am very grateful for the hope they've given me because no one else is willing to help," Perry said.