Police officers from the Peace Preservation Corps of the Kao-hsiung City Police Department recently saved an ex-convict surnamed Lee (李) from days of vagrancy and starvation with a hot meal and a train ticket home.
Lee, who lives in Sanchong District (三重), New Taipei City (新北市), had been charged with offenses including burglary and interference with public order, and been sentenced to two years and six months in Tainan Prison, sources said.
After his release from Tainan Prison earlier this month, Lee tramped all the way from Greater Tainan to Fongshan District (鳳山) in Greater Kaohsiung, as he could not afford to purchase a train ticket home.
During his long walk, Lee wore only a thin white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of slippers, with water his only sustenance. He slept rough in parks and arcades.
As he was wandering past the intersection of Guangyuan Rd and Caogong Rd in Fongshan, the emaciated Lee attracted the attention of two on-duty police officers, Peace Preservation Corps sergeant Wang San-ming (王山銘) and officer Su Chien-jung (蘇建榮).
After learning of Lee’s predicament, the two officers brought Lee back to their office, where they provided him with a heavy jacket and a hot meal.
The two officers also gave Lee NT$2,000 from their own pockets so he could buy a ticket home and drove him to the train station.
The former convict said the kindness shown by the two officers had convinced him that he should turn over a new leaf as a way of repaying their help, which has also won praise from various police departments.
Translated by Stacy Hsu, staff writer