Officer goes above and beyond to help 76-year-old woman

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita Police Officer has gone above and beyond to help a 76-year-old woman pay for her bills.

"I'm eternally grateful to him. He's my hero," said Carolea Creekmore.

Creekmore was robbed on Independence Day around 10:30 p.m. near Second and West Street.

"About the worst thing that ever happened to me 'cause I lost everything. I thought I was going to even lose my apartment," said Creekmore.

She said the responding officer bought her a sandwich and a drink and dropped her off at her apartment. 

It was inside that Officer Jason Lane learned that Creekmore did not have electricity. 

Creekmore was sleeping on a chair and blankets, and had no bed. 

Lane also learned that in her purse was cash from a social security check, which was meant to pay for back rent and electricity.

"She didn't deserve to have that happen to her. She said that it was the scariest moment in her life," said Lane.

The seven-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department asked for help on social media. 

And, his friends responded.

"I'm very blessed to have such great friends. Friends that believe when I say that there's a person in need and they just say 'OK, if you say there is, we're going to help out,' so that was very nice of them," said Lane.

Within a week, Lane raised $1,500 from his friends to pay for her security deposit, back rent and rent through August, plus her electricity bill.

Mattress Firm on North Maize Road also helped by donating a new bed for Creekmore.

"When it comes down to it, Wichita is a community. When one of us needs help, we step up. We help each other out, and we treat each other with love and respect. And that's what we need more of," he said.

Creekmore said she is grateful to Lane and all who have helped her.

"Just can't believe that there's so many good people out there that are willing to help, especially a total stranger," she said.

Police have not arrested the two men who robbed Creekmore. 

If you have any information about the crime, you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.