10/03/2013 06:40 pm ET

Officer Hector Marquez Jr. Buys Hungry Family Groceries Out Of His Own Pocket

A wonderful police officer in Albuquerque, N.M., tried to keep his good deed a secret.

He didn't want to make a big deal out of the fact that after responding to a domestic dispute report, he ended up purchasing groceries for a family in need.

Luckily, the news got out.

Officer Hector Marquez Jr. was dispatched to the home of a 63-year-old woman and her six grandchildren on September 11, KOAT reported. The dispute was allegedly between the kids and settled down when Marquez arrived. That's when the officer learned that the grandmother lived on a fixed income and relied on food stamps.

He also found out that the children had not eaten since that morning, according to the Albuquerque Police Department, and they didn't have food for dinner or the following day.

So Marquez bought the family groceries -- from his own pocket.

A squad mate told their squad sergeant about Marquez's actions so that the department could recognize him.

The department subsequently gave him a letter of commendation and told his story on Facebook. The post received close to 12,000 likes.

"It's the people like this in the world that make fighting another day worth it everyday," one commenter wrote. "Thank you, Officer."



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