Kori Malenfant and her mother, Wendi, were traveling home from New York to Portland, Maine when they became stuck at a Boston train station. Kori had just had brain surgery and was in no shape to wait the two hours for the next train in the cold unaccommodating train station. Wendi and Kori found two members of the Boston Police Department to ask for help.
Wendi asked the on-duty officers if she could at the very least store their luggage somewhere so they could wait for the train somewhere warmer and more comfortable. The officers asked Captain Kelley McCormick if there was anything they could do. Luckily for the Malenfants, Captain McCormick was more than willing to help.
The Boston Police Department Captain loaded their belongings into an unmarked police SUV. He told them he would give them a ride around the city while they waited for their train. However, it wasn’t long before Captain Kelley McCormick had pulled onto the highway. Wendi inquired where the captain was taking them.
According to a Facebook post from Kori Malenfant, Captain McCormick “laughed and said he was kidnapping [them] and that it was perfectly legal.” Eventually, Kori and her mother realized that the Boston Police Department captain wasn’t just driving them around to get warm; he was driving them all the way back to Portland, Maine.
Wendi told the Boston Globe, “He said, ‘Of course I’m taking you to Portland. Your daughter’s not going to sit in that cold train station being four days post-surgery.’” Wendi and Kori were overwhelmed by Captain Kelley McCormick’s generosity, but this was not the first time that McCormick had committed a selfless act.
Captain McCormick had previously donated a kidney to his wife, so he knew how difficult the post-op period can be for someone who just had surgery. “They were just very tired, I could see it, and I just felt like they’re going to sit in North Station all night no matter what,” McCormick told Boston 25 News.
Captain Kelley McCormick simply believed that a member of the Boston Police Department should do everything they can to help someone in need. “If you just make a small difference, it must have had a great effect on them, which is great,” he told Boston 25 News, “Every officer wants to do that every day.”
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