San Antonio Officers Answer Online Cry For Help, Possibly Save A Life

San Antonio Police Officers may have saved a life when the answered an online call for help.

San Antonio Police Officers may have saved a life when the answered an online call for help.

San Antonio Officers Answer Online Cry For Help, Possibly Save A Life

San Antonio, Texas – A group of San Antonio police officers answered an online cry for help from a New Jersey officer, and may have ended up saving a life.

Officer Thomas McWain, with the West Deptford Township Police Department in New Jersey, had a friend who was going to fly from San Antonio to a rehab center in Florida. Officer McWain’s friend is a struggling heroin and prescription pill addict.

Officer McWain told KENS, “I booked it at 8:15 in the morning, and in true addiction fashion, she missed her flight. She was sent on standby for a different flight later. That flight was full. There was another standby flight, but that was full.”

The officer had spent years trying to convince her to go to rehab, and now that he had finally convinced her, he was afraid that she would give up and leave. He talked to her on the phone and she said that she was hungry and going through withdrawals.

“I’m in New Jersey. There was absolutely nothing that I could do for her in San Antonio. So if she chose to leave there was nothing that I could have done to stop her,” said McWain.

Officer McWain posted a call for help on a law enforcement Facebook group. He requested that somebody find his friend, give her food, and make sure she didn’t leave the airport.

San Antonio Police Department Lieutenant Efrain Gonzalez said that Captain Joseph Salvaggio saw the Facebook post, and responded by grabbing food. Lieutenant Gonzalez and Captain Paul Biasiolli went to locate Officer McWain’s friend and deliver the food, and that’s when they ran into Officer Dwight Levy, who had the same plan. The officers were able to locate the friend, deliver the food, and stay with her until she was able to get on her flight.

Office McWain said that his friend’s opinion of law enforcement completely changed after the incident. She should now be getting the help she needs in Florida.