Arcadia police buy A/C unit for elderly woman living in 100° heat


ARCADIA, Fla. — The Arcadia Police Department (APD) and Officer Steven Carroll went above their call of duty after finding out an 80-year-old woman’s house was 105° inside.

“It just felt like the right thing to do. I felt compelled,” Officer Carroll said.

“I couldn’t breathe. They’ll tell ya. I was having a hard time breathing,” Shirley said.

It was July 20 when APD got the call. ADT alerted them Shirley was inside her Park Place bedroom with no A/C.

“My air conditioner died and I was sitting in there with just a fan, and ADT called the police because it was so hot in my room,” she said.

Hot, may be an understatement.

“They alerted us that it was 104-105 degrees in the home. We immediately went over there and myself, fellow officers, we went over there expecting the worst of course,” officer Carroll explained.


Even at night, officers said the inside of Shirley’s home was at least 15° warmer than outside.

“When we left, it was just one of those things where it was like I just can’t… so called my fellow officers, called my supervisor, spoke with some of our dispatchers. We’re going to collect some money, get a window unit to throw in this lady’s house,” Carroll said.

So he called his sergeant and explained the plan. Then called back again with another piece of news.

“He’s like hey you’re not going to believe this, once I told Walmart what I had, they agreed to just donate us a window unit,” Sgt. Nixon Trammell said.

The officers didn’t stop with just getting Shirley a unit. They installed it into her bedroom window too. The temperature now sits at a comfortable 75° instead of 105°.

“That AC is a lifesaver,” Shirley said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, may God bless them.”

Next up for Shirley is replacing the broken unit in her living room.

“Anytime we get a chance to help, anytime we’re in a position to help we do the best we can,” Carroll said.

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