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Drug addicted granny credits SAPD officers for new life

Diana Mosley credits Officers Monty McCann and Joe Farris from SAPD's HOPE Team with saving her life. They were awarded $1,000 on CASH FOR KINDNESS. (KABB)

SAN ANTONIO - A 56-year-old recovering drug addict said she was raped and stabbed multiple times over the years trying to chase her high while living on the streets.

"I was living in an animalistic state, you know, under the bridge," Diana Mosley explained.

She spent more than a decade homeless. Her sole purpose in life was to smoke crack.

"Nothing else mattered,” she told Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf. “I did what I had to do to get it."

There's an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 homeless people in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Police Department. SAPD formed a task force in 2016 called the HOPE team to try and tackle the problem through outreach. Veteran officers, Joe Farris and Monty McCann, stopped issuing tickets to homeless people and instead offered rides to shelters, provided basic necessities and assisted them with obtaining identification cards. Mosley credited them with saving her life.

"They didn't want me to go to jail,” the grandmother said. “They didn't want me to snitch on anybody. They were just there to help."

Mosley is living in her own apartment and said she’s been clean from drugs for the last 18 months. She recently got to meet her grandkids for the first time. Now she wants to thank the HOPE team for stepping in to stop her downward spiral.

"People don't realize that one simple act can change a whole life, and I wanted that for Joe and Monty,” she said.

Mosley nominated the officers for the CASH FOR KINDNESS award. SAPD joined forces with Fox San Antonio to help surprise Officers Farris and McCann by calling them to a meeting with an assistant chief. It was really part of the CASH FOR KINDNESS surprise.

“Any idea of what's going on?” Wolf asked them when he entered the meeting. “I have no idea," Farris said with a confused look on his face.

Mosley was standing outside the meeting room ready to speak face-to-face with her saviors. Wolf called in the mystery person who wanted to thank the officers into the room.

“How are you all doing?" Mosley said with a big smile. “I wanted to do this for you, so I called Ryan. San Antonio needs to know how much you helped me and saved my life. I'm 18 months clean. I have somewhere to stay. I met you guys under the bridge and you showed me love that I never felt from anybody. And I know you're still out there doing it. But I wanted to show you how much I really appreciate what you did for me.”

Mosley, who was holding their hands during portions of her speech, reached out to give them both a hug.

“Well, we love you,” the officers told her.

“Diana was originally going to plan a BBQ for you all,” Wolf said adding “but that wasn't enough for you.”

He pulled out a stack of money and shared how the award was on behalf of Fox San Antonio’s CASH FOR KINDNESS program.

McCann took the $1,000 and counted it aloud.

"5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,” he said. “Wow! It's overwhelming. For us to be able to impact someone's life like that, to get their life turned back around... and she's got bigger and better things to do."

Farris called the recognition the biggest thank you he’s received in his 25 year career. “Helping people like Diana has been the most rewarding than all my time."

The HOPE team chose to donate the cash award to the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless or SARAH. The local nonprofit assists homeless people with the purchase of birth certificates and identification cards, which are essential for housing, food assistance and employment.

Click here to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS award.

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