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Jacksonville police officer recognized for helping elderly woman

Officer Robert Tuten used own money to buy groceries

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville police officer was honored for helping an elderly woman he encountered while on the job.  

Officer Robert Tuten met a 91-year-old woman who had little food in her home and her air conditioner was broken.

He took steps to ensure she was comfortable and made arrangements to fix her home, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Officer Tuten also purchased groceries with his own money to fill her refrigerator.

He was awarded Zone 4's Finest Officer of the Month by Brumos Motorcars.  His Assistant Chief Derrick Lewis and his Lieutenant Mike Eason presented the award to him.

JSO said Officer Tuten showed the sheriff's office core value of 'Community Focused.'