A group of female college students didn’t feel safe living in their first-floor apartment after it had been burglarized.
Thanks to the good deeds of some Buena Park police officers and Explorers, the students were quickly relocated to a safer upstairs unit in the same apartment complex.
Officers Jeff Vu, Kristine Moreno and David Bernal, along with 15 Explorers from Post 474 took less than two hours to move the belongings from one two-bedroom apartment to another.
The department asked that the victims’ names remain confidential, for their safety. All the women are students at Biola University in nearby La Mirada.
“I honestly wasn’t expecting this many people to come,” said one of the students. “They’re awesome. I’m very grateful.”
When the student told the investigating detective that they no longer felt safe living in a downstairs unit and were planning to relocate upstairs, the investigator said he would try to find a mover.
But when the woman said an apartment was already available and they needed to move right away, the detective reached out to the officers and asked if there was anything the department could do to help.
Moreno, Vu and Bernal, along with a group of BPPD Explorers, jumped into action.
The three officers are the Explorers’ advisors.
“Our advisors let us know that there was a person that we would like to help out,” Explorer Capt. Michael Dakessian said. “We’ve done different things, but never something like this before.”
The Explorers were up for the challenge, and showed up at the apartment with the officers ready to work.
Household items were carried from one apartment to the next in a steady stream: beds, a refrigerator, a large bulky sofa, lamps and boxes.
The detective reached out to the officers on Monday, Aug. 8 and after a burst of collective energy on Wednesday, Aug. 10, the good deed was completed.
“It’s kind of what we teach … to put your community before yourself,” Dakessian said. “We would not hesitate to do it again.”