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Young mom posts emotional video after encounter with NKU officer

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What seemed like bad luck to a Northern Kentucky University student turned in to a meaningful exchange with a campus police officer Tuesday.

Kati Elliott, a young mom, student and full-time worker, lost her wallet on campus. She later found it, but the $240 previously inside it had vanished.

Ahead of her child’s birthday and a scheduled trip, Elliot grew concerned about making ends meet without the stolen cash.

Then she encountered Officer Phil Liles.

Elliott posted an emotional video to Facebook just moments after Officer Liles handed her $240 out of his own pocket.

Liles was the responding officer when Elliott reported her stolen cash. In the video, Elliott says she broke down in tears while explaining the magnitude of the loss to officer Liles.

“He reached in his wallet and he gave me $240 with the understanding that I would show him my grades at the end of the semester and that I would keep my grades up,” and that I would return the money to him by December, which I’m of course going to do,” she recounts in the video.

Initially the donation started as a loan to Elliot,  but other NKU officers chipped in and she no longer has to pay Officer Liles back. 

Elliott said she never expected being involved in such a scenario. She thanked Liles in the video and urged her fellow NKU students to do the same if they see him on campus.

[On the mobile app? Check out the video here.]

Liles should be getting plenty of ‘thanks yous.’ The video has been viewed thousands of times in less than one day.

"You know what, I think it was an omen for both of us," said Liles. "She touched me in a way that makes me feel it was okay to do what I did. And it worked out well for both of us. She's given law enforcement all over the country a shining eye, and that's important."

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