Posted at: 12/27/2012 9:13 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 12:20 PM
By: Mark Albert
Imagine being a new mother in a new city, not knowing any friends or neighbors and being broke and out of food for your baby on Christmas Eve.
It happened to a south Minneapolis woman whose prayer was answered not by a man in a red suit, but by one in a blue uniform.
"God Bless him for everything," said Kerlyn Argueta of the police officer who responded to her 911 call.
Argueta, 21, had no money, car, or phone of her own late on Christmas Eve when she ran out of baby formula for her six month-old daughter, Karely. Argueta no longer breast feeds and no stores were open. So she called police, using a neighbor's phone.
"I was scared. I didn't know what to do. I was scared," Argueta recalled in an interview Thursday.
When Ofc. Eric Faulconer arrived at her apartment, he asked her what she needed, she says, and then told her he'd be right back.
"I thought he's not coming back," Argueta recalled."I thought: 'They don't care.'"
But Faulconer did come back, carrying a week's worth of formula for the baby and even milk for Argueta, paid for with his own money.
"He just said, 'Have a good night,'" Afrgueta remembered. "I just said, 'Thank you so much, you saved my life.'"
Faulconer was off duty on Thursday and not available for an interview, but his boss, Third Precinct Inspector Mike Sullivan, predicted, "the precinct will be very proud of him, not only me, but, you know, his fellow officers will see that he served them very well."