Ship Bottom Police Officer Helps Dying Woman Fulfill Her Last Wish
A New Jersey police officer with a heart of gold helped make a dying woman’s last wish come true with a trip to the Jersey Shore.
Patricia Kelly, 78, from Burlington City is dying from a terminal illness of acute leukemia and is in hospice care. According to 6abc, she recently told her family that she would like to go to the Jersey Shore one last time before she dies.
With her weakened condition, her family knew that she would need help getting there. So they called the Ship Bottom Police Department.
Enter Ship Bottom Patrolman Ronald Holloway. On a weekend trip to Long Beach Island, he drove Kelly to the beach, where she spent precious time with her granddaughters, friends and family members. They all took part in a group hug and a prayer circle. Being a part of that was deeply moving to Holloway.
“Being able to take her out for this ride on the beach, it was definitely a life-moving experience. It was a check mark in my career,” Holloway told 6abc.
And now here’s where you can get your tissues out.
Kelly said that it gave her peace to come back and say goodbye to the place where she spent many memorable summers…And that when she dies, she wants her ashes to be scattered on the beach.
“That’s my place. I’ll be there forever. Just watch out. Some people might step on me,” Kelly said.
Kelly’s family members thanked Holloway and the Ship Bottom P.D. for their generosity and kindness by giving them a shout out on Twitter and on the Ship Bottom P.D.'s Facebook page . Check it out below!