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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-490

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 25, 2015
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    A Kind Gesture By Two Deputies

    Deputies making a difference in the community they serve.
    • Monday
    • September 21, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Bearss Avenue and Nebraska Avenue


    On September 21, 2015, Deputy Jessica Dillon came in contact with a female who was panhandling in the area of Bearss Avenue and Nebraska Avenue. The female was holding a sign which stated, "please help, need to feed family."

    Deputy Dillon spoke to the female and warned her that her actions could get her arrested. Later during the shift, Deputy Dillon overheard the same female talking on the phone inside the Wawa bathroom. Deputy Dillon overheard part of the female's conversation in which she was explaining to someone that she did not make any money for food. Deputy Dillon noticed the female's voice and noted it was the same female who she had interacted with earlier in the shift.

    Deputy Dillon and Deputy Chris Rose approached the female, Melinda Vaughan, and inquired about her family and her lack of food. The deputies offered to take Ms. Vaughan to Walmart to purchase some food for her family. Deputy Dillon and Deputy Rose accompanied Ms. Vaughan to the Walmart and they purchased food for the Vaughan family.

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