North Charleston police officer saluted for bringing Waffle House food to broke, hungry person

Patrolman 1st Class Joshua Quick (center) on Wednesday accepts Trident Medical Center’s Gold Star Award, which lauds generosity and service. He had bought a hungry, broke man some food from Waffle House.

Trident Medical Center this week saluted a North Charleston police officer for bringing a meal to a hungry, broke man who had missed his ride home from the hospital on Thanksgiving.

Patrolman 1st Class Joshua Quick on Wednesday accepted the medical center’s Gold Star Award, which lauds generosity and service.

The North Charleston Police Department announced the honor on Friday and issued a public statement about how it came to be.

Quick was working an off-duty security job the day before the November holiday when he encountered the man who was trying to get home after being discharged from the hospital.

The man said he had no cash, and he was hungry. The Trident cafeteria was already closed. Breakfast wouldn’t be served at the hospital for hours.

Quick drove to a Waffle House just down University Boulevard and brought back a meal for the man.

“This act of kindness, the day before Thanksgiving, was observed by several nurses at the hospital,” the department said in the statement.

The nurses nominated him for the award.

“This serves as just one of the selfless acts that law enforcement officers continue to do to show their love and respect for our community,” the department said. “Job well done, Pfc. Quick.”

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