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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A police officer is being honored for helping a woman find shelter and food after she accidentally ended up in Waterloo.

According to Waterloo Police, Carol Adams was traveling by bus from Ohio to Texas. Adams is diabetic, and when her blood sugar started to drop dangerously low, she got confused and missed her stop in Illinois. The mistake wasn't discovered until she arrived at the station in Waterloo.

Terrie Dennard works there for Burlington Trailways. She was the first to help Adams.

"She couldn't speak," she said. "I asked her questions, she didn't know. She was trying to say things, but words weren't coming out."

After a trip the hospital, Adams was released. Now, the bus station was closed. With nowhere to go and limited money, she planned on spending the night outside until the next bus left in the morning.

Her children called Waterloo Police in a panic. That's when Sergeant Melissa Ludwig got involved, taking it upon herself to find Adams. She eventually tracked her down, sheltering from the cold and rain in the foyer of an apartment building.

"I mean, an elderly woman, in this weather, waiting for the bus to leave tomorrow," Chief Dan Trelka said. "The officer just felt that we weren't going to have any of that."

Ludwig gave Adams a ride to get dinner, and then set her up with a hotel room -- all with her own money.

"The officer went above and beyond," Trelka said.

"That was a blessing that the officer helped," Dennard said.

The next day, Adams was on the correct bus and on her way to her family in Texas.

Trelka says it just shows that good officers can make a difference in the world.

"There are just so many good things going on with the individuals that have chosen to be law enforcement officers," he said. "You know, it's endless. The good these men and woman are doing out there is just endless."

Terrie sees another power at work, too.

"You don't find that everyday, a person that will take them, get a meal and put them up in a room," Dennard said. "It's just God working. That's God doing his thing."

Trelka will present Ludwig with a certificate of commendation for her actions. He learned of her good deed from another officer.

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