An Asheville police officer ensured that a family that was stricken by tragedy earlier this year will have a Merry Christmas.
According to the Asheville Police Department, this Christmas story got its start on a sad day in February, when Officer Scott Fry had to notify the family of Jorge Flores that speeding driver had taken Flores’ life. That was the first time Fry met Melissa and Daily Flores.PREVIOUSLY: Speeding driver charged after deadly Asheville crash
Then, an unexpected phone call from the family with an offer of kindness inspired Fry to help make sure Melissa and Daily are taken care of on Christmas.
On the evening before Thanksgiving, the police department said Daily Flores called Fry on his mother’s behalf and asked if they could bring the officer and his family Thanksgiving dinner as a way of saying thanks for his kindness after the deadly crash. Unfortunately, Fry was out of town, but the gesture touched the lawman, and he began working on his Christmas plan.
Thanks to some help from his brothers and sisters in blue, Fry was able to provide Daily with Christmas gifts and some funds to help keep the family afloat.
Police delivered the gifts to the family Thursday night.
Below is the full story from Asheville police: If this isn't what Christmas and community are all about, then we just don't know what is. We apologize in advance for the length of this post, but we didn't want to leave out any of the details.
On February 19 of this year we responded to a traffic fatality in front of the Goodwill on Patton Avenue. A reckless driver speeding down the road took the life of Jorge Flores. When Officer Scott Fry made the notification to Jorge's family he met his wife, Melissa and son, Daily.
Months went by and on the evening before Thanksgiving Officer Fry received a call from Daily (note: Melissa speaks primarily Spanish and Daily is bilingual, serving as her translator). Daily asked Officer Fry if they could bring him and his family Thanksgiving dinner as a way of saying thanks for his kindness earlier that year. Unfortunately Officer Fry was out of town and they weren't able to connect.
This gesture touched Officer Fry and after speaking with his wife, Kristie, they decided that they wanted to give Melissa and Daily an amazing Christmas, as this was the first without their husband and father. Their initial plan was to do it all on their own, but after talking with members of the Traffic Safety Unit, DWI Task Force and a neighboring law enforcement agency, they ended up being able to do a lot more. Not only were they able to provide Daily with some great gifts (the one he opened was a remote controlled car, but we can't give the rest away since he's waiting for Christmas to open them) but they were able to give Melissa enough money to assist her over the next couple of months.
In addition, earlier this month Officer Fry and his wife were able to take Daily shopping for members of his family thanks to the Hendersonville Police Department and their donation of $125 in Walmart gift cards. Officer Fry and Kristie spent the day shopping with Daily and then took him to dinner, giving them time to really get to know him.
Yesterday evening Officer Fry and Kristie, along with Officer Cabe, Sgt. Fowler, Lt. Sorrells and Chief Hooper, delivered the gifts to Melissa and Daily. They were beyond grateful for the kind gestures of Officer Fry and his fellow officers. The friendship between Officer Fry, Kristie and Daily will be a lasting one. When Kristie asked Daily when they would see him again, he replied "Monday" (which is Christmas).
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