A police officer pays for a plane ticket to bring a missing woman home.

This is a touching story about a police officer who went above and beyond to help a missing woman find her way home to her family.

The officer assisted a 65-year-old woman who had been stranded in a foreign city after her cruise ship was forced to depart without her.

It all started on August 6, 2015, when Victoria Police received word that a 65-year-old passenger had gone missing from a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship in Victoria, British Columbia. She didn’t show up as the boat was about to leave the Canadian city’s port. The crew had conducted several thorough searches of the vessel but had been unable to locate her. They were forced to continue on to Seattle, leaving the woman from Buffalo, New York behind.

The woman’s family told police that she had recently developed dementia-like symptoms. They also discovered she had a return flight from Seattle scheduled for the following day.

She was eventually found at the Fairmont Express Hotel, and VicPD K9 officer Cst Andre Almeida arrived to pick her up and transport her to the hospital for evaluation.

He then decided to book her a flight from Victoria to Seattle, and when her credit card didn’t work, he paid for the trip with his own.

“There was no other way to ensure she got home,” Cst. Almeida told CBC News. “She required assistance. It could be my mother who is stranded somewhere, and I would appreciate it if someone could assist her.”

The next morning, police escorted her to the airport in order for her to make her flight, and when they arrived, they discovered that Alaska Airlines had decided to take over her care and reimburse Cst. Ameida for the cost.

The woman is now safe in New York with her family.

Cst. Almedia was modest about his role in reuniting the woman with her family. “My part was very minor,” he admitted. “I just handed over a credit card.”

“Alaska Airlines, the Fairmont Empress staff, the Royal Jubilee Hospital staff, the Commissionaires, they should all be thanked for assisting in returning an ill and scared woman to her family.”

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