Mike Myers knew he needed an ID — the law required it. But he had given up on getting one.
“All they gave me was excuses,” he said, recalling his efforts to get one as instructed.
The start of the search for a new ID began 10 years ago, when Mike lost his original one. He tried going to the DMV to get a new one. But that never worked.
Until Deputy Jacob Swalwell showed up.
The 67-year-old Mike — who was homeless — had been begging for change along the highway every day so that he could get something to eat.
Deputy Jacob told him to stop. Then, he confronted Mike and asked for his ID in order to write him a ticket.
That’s when Mike revealed the struggle he had gone through with the DMV.
“I couldn’t get an ID because I have to have a birth certificate. I never got around to getting a birth certificate,” Mike said.
Instead of just leaving him there or writing him a ticket anyway, the deputy decided to help. Jacob escorted Mike to the DMV himself, but they then insisted they had no record of him having ever been there.
So Deputy Jacob tracked down Mike’s birth certificate and returned, and still, they refused him.
“He said to me, ‘Now do you see what I’m talking about?'” Deputy Jacob recalled.
It took a third visit to a different DMV with a formal letter on official sheriff’s stationary before the deputy was finally able to get Mike a senior citizen’s ID card.
“He turned out to be more of a friend than anybody else I’ve met in recent years,” said Mike.
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