Man’s tiresome commute to work gets a little easier with help from officer

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ROELAND PARK, Kan. - Samuel Meixueiro admits that his past is not as perfect as he would like, but says he does the best he can.

He lost his home but was given shelter in a church in Kansas City. Meixueiro says he knew that it would be tough finding a job with his record, but was given a chance at a business in Mission.

While the commute would only take about 15 to 20 minutes on the highway, it is a little more difficult for Meixueiro.

"It's a five-to-six hour walk. I've been doing it so I can keep my job," he told WDAF.

The walk can wear on Meixuerio, so he decided to take a nap in a nearby park.

"Sometimes I have to sleep outside because I want to keep my job. That's just how it is," he said.

Officers were called to Sweeney Park after someone noticed a 'suspicious person' in the park.

"He shook my hand, we had a chat like I was talking to a friend of mine," said Officer Zach Stamper.

Stamper gave him a ride to work, but says Meixuerio's story stayed with him.

"I was like, 'Wow, my commute, I drive to work and it's done.' I couldn't imagine spending five hours a day traveling back and forth to work, let alone on foot," he told WDAF.

A short time later, he returned to Meixuerio's work with a bicycle and a duffle bag.

"I cried. I couldn't believe it. Things are so hard for me right now. Any kind of help is just a blessing," Meixuerio said.

The pair exchanged phone numbers and plan to stay in touch.