As America deals with the tragedy of 17 lives lost after a 19-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at a Florida school last week, tales of heroes and good deeds have emerged.
According to a report from NBC News, two New York state troopers helped a young woman attend the funeral of her childhood friend, who was killed in Parkland last week during the horrific shooting.
From NBC: Jordana Judson, 23, said she desperately wanted to fly back to her Florida home after learning that friend Meadow Pollack, 18, had been killed along with 16 other people in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.
After hearing about the shooting Wednesday, Judson, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, showed up at New York’s LaGuardia Airport the next day shaken and in tears.
New York State Troopers Robert Troy and Thomas Karasinski encountered Judson soon after she arrived at the airport, and they helped the tearful traveler find a JetBlue Airways agent.
Judson was told that a one-way flight would cost nearly $700, a price she couldn’t afford. She said she pleaded with the agent to lower the price or see whether she could get a bereavement discount, but the agent wasn’t able to accommodate her request.
Troy and Karasinski decided to pay for the ticket.
“I look up, and the state troopers are standing there, and they’re both handing over their credit cards,” Judson recalled. “I’m telling them that they don’t have to do this. This is crazy. They said: ‘It’s already done. We want you to be home with their families. This is a tough time.'”
“It was very heartwarming. It made my heart full and heavy at the same time,” Judson added.
Judson expressed being “incredibly grateful to be given the chance to grieve alongside Pollack’s family at the funeral on Friday.”