Updated at 9:43 a.m. Feb. 19
WESTFIELD, NJ — A town police officer traveling to El Salvador to help bring clean water to those in need is doing so with the memory of a 20-year-old Clark man in mind.
In December, Officer Tiffany Kenny had raised money for the service trip, which she is taking with Liquid Church of Garwood, but giving back isn’t just something she does abroad.
Kenny lent emotional support to the family of Michael Sot, the 20-year-old Clark man killed in a December crash involving a drunken driver.
“She was our angel in a very hard day of our lives,” said Jana Fabio, Michael Sot’s stepmother, in a statement posted to the Westfield Police Department Facebook Page on Monday.
“She is a Westfield police officer that stood by our side during all of Michael’s services,” Fabio said. “A few weeks later, we found out that we are from the same church. We knew it was a sign from God when He crossed our paths again.”
Kenny, who will be drilling wells to bring clean water to people who need it in El Salvador, will be wearing a pin in honor of Michael while on her trip, Fabio wrote.
“Michael will be your guardian angel,” Fabio told Kenny in the posting.
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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that Jana Fabio is Michael Sot's stepmother, not his mother as was previously reported.