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Good Samaritan police officers caught on camera

3 Tifton officers (Source: WALB) 3 Tifton officers (Source: WALB)
"It's a good feeling to give back," said Lieutenant Toni Gann. (Source: WALB) "It's a good feeling to give back," said Lieutenant Toni Gann. (Source: WALB)
"I couldn't imagine having to leave my state, my home, go and depend on someone else and not know if I have a home to go back to," said Merritt. (Source: WALB) "I couldn't imagine having to leave my state, my home, go and depend on someone else and not know if I have a home to go back to," said Merritt. (Source: WALB)
"People who were coming up from Florida that were displaced from their homes were thanking us because we were at least trying to help them,"  said Campbell. (Source: WALB) "People who were coming up from Florida that were displaced from their homes were thanking us because we were at least trying to help them,"  said Campbell. (Source: WALB)
"That was not their purpose for doing that. It was just to help people," said Wyatt. (Source: WALB) "That was not their purpose for doing that. It was just to help people," said Wyatt. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Three Tifton police officers spent more than 300 dollars out of their own pockets to help hurricane evacuees.

The officers went above and beyond to help Hurricane Matthew evacuees and thanks to one simple picture, their selflessness did not go unnoticed.

"It's a good feeling to give back," said Lieutenant Toni Gann.

 Hurricane Matthew brought thousands of people to Southwest Georgia.

Shelters and hotels were packed.

Food and supplies were limited.

For three Tifton Police officers, this was another chance to help those in need. 

"It's something that we would do everyday," said Officer Jesse Campbell.  

Officer Jill Merritt came up with the idea to take one hundred dollars of her own money and buy food, water and supplies for an overpopulated shelter that was running out. 

"I couldn't imagine having to leave my state, my home, go and depend on someone else and not know if I have a home to go back to," said Merritt.

She recruited two more officers and they went on a shopping spree at Walmart. Each spending money out of their own pockets.

While the officers were in line, shopper Traci Wyatt snapped a picture of them. 

"I didn't want this act of kindness to go unnoticed. So when they weren't looking, I took the picture," said Wyatt. 

She posted the picture to Facebook and it went viral. She knew they were doing the good deed simply to help others, not for attention. 

"That was not their purpose for doing that. It was just to help people," said Wyatt.

The officers had no idea Wyatt took their picture. They purchased three car fulls of supplies and even returned to Walmart for more supplies that the store donated. 

"We got some blankets and pillows. Just stuff that we would want in that situation. Something comfortable," said Campbell. 

They then took the supplies to the shelter. An act of kindness that was second nature for the three. 

"People who were coming up from Florida that were displaced from their homes were thanking us because we were at least trying to help them,"  said Campbell.

"Everybody needs help from time to time. We never know what tomorrow is going to bring that we may be in the same situation. So we may need someone to reach out and help us also," said Gann. 

The total amount they took to shelters ended up being around 5 cars full. The officers said they did not want any attention for what they called "just doing their job."  

Her photo had over 200 reactions and almost 100 shares when we wrote this story. 

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