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Deputy caught in the act of 'doing good'

Posted at 2:27 AM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 21:48:44-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- In a day and age when law enforcement often gets a bad rap, it's stories like this one that deserve to be shared.

Be sure to watch our video in the player above to hear firsthand from the deputy.

It's from a gentleman who happened to see a Marion County Sheriff's deputy get out of his car on a snowy, cold night to help a homeless veteran.

In his Facebook post, Aaron Bludworth says the deputy gave the woman two blankets and a paper bag, which he assumed had food in it.

Bludworth says the deputy talked to the woman for a few minutes then went on his way.

I don't know where the blankets and food came from, but I know it didn't matter at the moment. I'm glad I had the chance to observe this exchange and am appreciative of this deputy and a department that allows him to truly protect and serve.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office thanked Aaron for sharing the post on its Facebook page and said, "We are so grateful to have incredibly kind, caring and attentive deputies at the MCSO."

The deputy behind the kind act is Corporal Julien Roffey. He's been on the force for five years, and this is not the first time he has handed out blankets. 

So far, on his free time, he has handed out blankets to more than 50 people. The jail just received new blankets, so Sheriff John Layton donated the old ones. 

A move that gave Roffey a new mission. 

"I've done this about four to five times now. I always have blankets in my car in case I see someone at a traffic light," Roffey said. 

On his way home from work, Roffey scans the streets giving them to those in need. 

"It sounds silly, but when I took the oath in front of our current sheriff, I swore to serve and protect the people of Marion County, and they're cold and they're in trouble and they could use a warm blanket, that's just part of our calling as police officers," he said. 

Roffey says he does this even when he's clocked out because it is still his job. But he says he also gives back so his kids learn to do the same. 

"How do you raise a son and daughter and not do things like this? I expect them to be a good person and I have to lead by example," he said. 

I was looking outside from inside a restaurant while on a phone call this evening and watched a Marion County Sheriff's...

Posted by Aaron Bludworth on Tuesday, February 9, 2016