Crystal police say they've responded to several incidences of tire slashing in the past couple months, and when an Iraq war veteran became a target, one officer went beyond the call of duty to help.
The female officer, who has asked to remain anonymous, heard about what happened to Jamie Fields and decided to personally pay for one of the tires to be replaced to help the father of five.
"My kids play very hard, so they ruin their clothes a lot," Fields said. "I normally just watch 'em."
Fields said raising five daughters isn't as hard as it seems, but lately, the financial demands have been overwhelming.
"He just had a doctor's note from his psychiatrist saying they didn't want him to work," Sarah Fields told FOX 9 News.
As an Iraq war veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, Fields admits he struggles with anger and aggression sometimes. He recently left his job as a pizza delivery man, and the family now survives on government support.
"We live off of my husband's disability, which is $545 a month," Fields said.
With the family already behind on bills, things went from bad to worse last month when someone slashed the tires on their vehicles.
The couple says they don't have any enemies in the area and often keep to themselves, but Jamie Fields said he simply doesn't have the means to fix the problem.
"I had no money," Jamie Fields said frankly. "I have no way of putting new tires on any one of the vehicles."
As Crystal police officers arrived at the scene, something unexpected happened.
"She seen my hat and asked if I was a combat veteran, and I said, 'yes,'" Jamie Fields recalled.
The officer then offered to help.
"She said, 'Since your husband served in the military, that's the least I can do for you,'" Sarah Fields recalled.
The very next day, that officer bought them a brand new tire.
"It saved us a lot of money," Jamie Fields said.
More importantly, it also gave the family encouragement and a sense of hope.
"It's not hopeless after all," Jamie Fields said. "There's a chance things might get better."
Although the Fields say they know tough times may still be ahead, the gesture of generosity will keep them going.
"There's not many people out there willing to spend their money for somebody else," he said.
Crystal police said they are not sure if the tire slashing incidents are related; however, investigators are staying tight-lipped on possible leads.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Contact Jaime and Sara Fields
5857 Maryland Ave. N
Crystal, MN 55428