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Beloit police officer helps residents who lost their home in a fire

City of Beloit Officer Eli Trulley
Officer Eli Trulley

BELOIT (WKOW) -- One city of Beloit police officer took matters into his own hands to help when he learned residents lost their home Thursday night after a fire.

Officer Eli Trulley paid for a hotel room for those displaced by the blaze.

“I just decided that if I was ever in this position, I would want someone to do the same for me or my family,” Trulley said. “She was super thankful, shocked and overall appreciative and kept offering to pay me back. It isn’t needed.”

Trulley didn't tell any of the other officers about what he did. The police department only learned about the deed due to the fire department’s records on the fire.

He agreed to share his story so that the Beloit community could see another side of the police officers who serve and said many other officers quietly provide help to the community in a similar manner.

“Whether we go through drive-thrus, sometimes we will randomly pay for the car behind us,” Trulley said. “We will play basketball or sports with kids who are out and about. A lot of times we don’t like to tell anybody about it. We just keep it under the radar.”

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