At about 1 a.m. on one of the coldest nights of the year, Fort Myers Police Officers Robert Vega and David Dietz happened upon a suspicious car in a park.
They had a hunch that the car's passengers were up to no good at that time of night. So they decided to investigate. The cops discovered a family of five inside. And they quickly realized they were all in a desperate situation.
The family was homeless with no place to go, and their car was running dangerously low on gas. Three young children were struggling to stay warm in the backseat.
So Dietz and Vega decided to take money out of their own pockets to split the cost of a hotel room for the family for the night. That way, they'd all have a warm place to sleep.
Now, they're being recognized by their chief as officers of the year for their selfless act--and for good reason.
"You don’t hear about it a lot in the news, but there are a lot of law enforcement officers here and in other agencies who do stuff like this every single day," Dietz said. "We just do it because it needs to be done, or it should be done."