A Westfield, Maine woman has had to overcome a great deal recently. Kori Malenfant just had brain surgery and her family has remained by her side ever since – recently taking a train to get back home together. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions left them stranded.
“Because of the recent inclement weather and train cancellations, our Amtrak train trip back from the Presbyterian Hospital in New York was longer than expected, which caused us to arrive in Boston too late to get on the next train. Thankfully they let us change our tickets to the next train headed for Portland, but unfortunately, this train wasn’t leaving the station for another 2 1/2 hours. The train station was very cold, with no place to leave our luggage, and no option for comfortable seating/support for my neck. Feeling desperate because of my recent brain surgery, my mom spoke with two of the police officers on duty at the time, trying to see if there was some way to store our luggage at the train station, which would have enabled us to take an Uber to a warmer, more comfortable place to wait for our train.
The officers quickly assured Malenfant’s mom that they would help by contacting their captain to see what he could do.
“Shortly after, the Boston police captain came to us and asked us to follow him. He took us to his unmarked police SUV and helped us load our luggage into the vehicle, telling us we were going to go for a little ride,” she said.
The officer pulled into the police station, got gas, and quickly started heading north. The family was pretty confused at this point and assumed he was driving them around to warm everyone up.
“After quite some time, as we continued moving north, my mom asked where we were going and he laughed and said he was kidnapping us and that it was perfectly legal. We soon realized he was driving us all the way to Portland, back to our car! He said there was no way he was going to allow me to sit in the cold so soon after surgery and that it was his pleasure to drive us. We were all in shock and very emotional at this amazing and generous act of kindness,” said Malenfant.
As they began talking and exchanging stories with the officer on the long ride, Malenfant and her mom realized that he was one of the main commanders in charge during the Boston Marathon bombing and that he has greatly impacted many, many lives during his career as a police officer.
“He is a humble, inspiring, kind man. I am blessed and honored to have spent a car ride with such an amazing national hero. Thank you, Captain Kelley McCormick. May God richly bless and protect you as you have blessed and protected so many others,” said Malenfant.