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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's been a difficult time for police and sheriff's deputies nationwide, but that doesn't stop them from doing their best to serve their communities.

One Spokane couple witnessed the compassion from two officers first hand over the weekend.

"This happens all the time, it's just often not seen," said Officer Ben Green.

But this time, it was. Dan Koolstra and his wife were working in the area when they noticed two Spokane police officers working with a couple in the Westgate Christian Church parking lot.

"We talked a little bit observed what was going on," Koolstra said. "Found out the folks were homeless. The wife was in the back seat. She's paraplegic."

It didn't take long for all involved to see, the struggling couple's make shift home was making them sick.

"The car was infested with bed bugs," Koolstra  said. "It didn't appear they had food. Everything they owned was in the car, or scattered in the parking lot."

The scene moved the officer into action.

"He could have been cold, he could have not cared," Koolstra said. "He could have made revenue for the department by writing a ticket, but he didn't."

Instead, he handed over cash from his own pocket to the couple.

"The officer said I want to get you food, I want to get you taken care of."

Officer Honaker and Officer Kennedy were the two directly involved in this situation. They didn't want be interviewed. They didn't do this for recognition. Department spokesman Ben Green said the men felt they were simply doing their job.

"We love this city," Green said. "We all chose to work here. We want to make a difference every day."

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