“All of a sudden, I notice we are on the highway north and I said, ‘Um, where are you taking us?’” Wendy Malenfant said. “He said, ‘Well, I told you I was kidnapping you. I'm taking you to Portland. Isn’t that where your car is?’ And we were just floored.”
McCormick said he could tell the family had been through a lot.
“They burst into tears, and that was very emotional,” he said. “They were just very tired. I could see it, and I just felt like they (were) going to sit in North Station all night no matter what.”
McCormick said his personal experiences compelled him to drive the family the more than 100 miles to its home. He once donated a kidney to his wife and has seen firsthand how physically and emotionally draining a major operation and the post-op experience can be.
“Being in that moment is so exhausting,” he said. “If you just make a small difference, it must have had a great effect on them, which is great, but we like to do that every day. Every officer wants to do that every day.”
The Malenfants said they still can’t believe the kindness McCormick showed.
"We just didn't have words,” Wendy Malenfant said. “We kept trying to thank him, and it just didn't seem enough.”
The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.