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Cape Girardeau police officer recognized for act of kindness

Officer Goins says if his grandparents were in their situation he hopes someone would do the same for them. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Officer Goins says if his grandparents were in their situation he hopes someone would do the same for them. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
Officer Goins said he saw the pair a few times living in their car in the Sears parking lot. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Officer Goins said he saw the pair a few times living in their car in the Sears parking lot. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
Officer Goins paid for their room at The Pear Tree Inn out of his own pocket. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Officer Goins paid for their room at The Pear Tree Inn out of his own pocket. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
An employee at The Pear Tree Inn in Cape Girardeau thanked him for paying for a homeless couple's hotel room. (Source: Facebook) An employee at The Pear Tree Inn in Cape Girardeau thanked him for paying for a homeless couple's hotel room. (Source: Facebook)
The Cape police department posted what happened on Facebook, and said they are, "lucky to have someone of his caliber." (Source: Facebook) The Cape police department posted what happened on Facebook, and said they are, "lucky to have someone of his caliber." (Source: Facebook)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

One Cape Girardeau police officer is getting some unexpected attention.

His department and people in the community are recognizing him for an act of kindness.

Officer James Goins just wanted to pay it forward. He said the last thing he is worried about is being recognized for it.

It all started with a post on Facebook.

An employee at The Pear Tree Inn in Cape Girardeau thanked him for paying for a homeless couple's hotel room.

Officer Goins said he saw the pair a few times living in their car in the Sears parking lot.

The couple, believed to be in their 70s, told him they had enough money for food, but not enough for somewhere to stay.

On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 27 it was cold and wet. 

Goins said he felt they needed a warm bed.

"When he shook my hand it made me happy," Goins said. "I think it helped me more than it helped them, because I was able to do something for them. Because the first time I dealt with them I couldn't. I kinda felt bad about it."

He paid for their room at The Pear Tree Inn out of his own pocket.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department posted what happened on Facebook.

In their post the department said they are "lucky to have someone of his caliber."

Officer Goins said if his grandparents were in their situation, he hoped someone would do the same for them.

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