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HCPD employee recognized for helping homeless student during winter storms

Lance Corporal Juli Barnes. Source: HCPD on Facebook Lance Corporal Juli Barnes. Source: HCPD on Facebook

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An Horry County Police Support Services employee is being recognized for going above and beyond for a homeless student during last year's severe winter storms.

The day before the winter storm on January 27, 2014, Lance Corporal Juli Barnes became aware of a student who had been living in the woods since Christmas, according to a Facebook post by the Horry County Police Department. Lance Corporal Barnes spent hours trying to find a safe place for the student to stay, and eventually, Sea Haven advised they may be able to help.

Lance Corporal Barnes also noticed that the student was carrying a trash bag with his clothes, and offered to wash them, the post states. By the end of the day, Barnes had gathered a suitcase from home and packed it with his clean clothes, some extra shirts, some new toiletries, and a suitcase lock.

Barnes and another teacher donated money and took the student to Walmart to buy some much-needed items, such as underwear and socks.

“Due to this amazing act of kindness, selflessness, and compassion for a student in need and going above and beyond her duties as an SRO, L/Cpl Barnes is to be commended for her actions on January 27th, 2014,” the HCPD Facebook post states.

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