Wichita police officer helps family who lost home to fire

Officer Chad Spauldling talks about helping out a family after their home was destroyed by a fire. (KSN Photo)
Officer Chad Spauldling talks about helping out a family after their home was destroyed by a fire. (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita police officer went beyond the call of duty after a family lost their home to a fire on Friday. It happened in the 2200 block of East MacArthur on Friday.

Officer Chad Spaulding was on his way into work when he spotted the flames. After calling 911 and making sure no one was inside the home, he made sure the family had what they needed to get back on their feet.

A fire badly damaged a mobile home in the 2200 block of E. MacArthur in Wichita on Friday, December 2. 2016. (Photo: KSN/Kevin Stebral)
A fire badly damaged a mobile home in the 2200 block of E. MacArthur in Wichita on Friday, December 2. 2016. (Photo: KSN/Kevin Stebral)

Officer Spaulding learned that an adopted 8-month-old baby and four foster children, ranging from 3 to 11 years old, lived at the home

Items were donated from the Wichita Police Department and the Wichita Children’s Home, but it was Spaulding’s own contributions to the family that made it special.

Using his own money, Spaulding and his wife purchased toys for the children. He was also able to obtain donated breast milk for the baby.

Spaulding said it was the right thing to do.

“I’m confident that anyone that I work with, officers of different agencies across the country would have done the exact same thing, citizens would have done the exact same thing. It’s just the right thing to do. It was obvious they lost everything,” said Spaulding.