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Roeland Park officer commended for act of generosity

Police Officer Mark Engravalle’s good deed was lauded internationally — and now, officially, by the city of Roeland Park.

Earlier this month, Engravalle now famously responded to a shoplifting call at Wal-Mart in Roeland Park and found a homeless mother of six caught stealing diapers, wipes and kids shoes. He issued her a citation, but noticing that three of her kids were barefoot, he reached into his own pocket to pay for shoes, diapers and wipes for the children.

On Monday, the City Council and Police Chief John Morris recognized Engravalle with the Meritorious Conduct Award for his generosity.

“We try to make a difference in Roeland Park,” Chief Morris said. “One great act can make all the difference.”

Engravalle’s act of generosity made headlines around the country and even the world and prompted an outpouring of support for the woman. The Roeland Park Police Department received more than $6,000 in donations for the woman and her family.