Once homeless man says fallen officer changed his life

Published: Jul. 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2011 at 9:49 PM CDT
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(WMC-TV) - The late Officer Tim Warren was known among his friends as a man who liked to help others, and often reached out to those in need.

One such person was Lee Brown, who was shocked by Warren's death last Sunday in a shooting downtown.  

"I'm sad, because this world just lost a front line soldier for God," he said.

Brown said Warren left a lasting impression on his life.

"When he first met me I was drunk and homeless, but you know that man treated me just like I was a human being," Brown said.

In fact, Brown was homeless for more than 29 years. While he's been off the streets since October of 2007, Brown said, he'll never forget Warren's kind spirit and generosity.

"That man would give you the shirt off his back and go without just to make sure somebody had something," he said.

Warren invited Brown to Thanksgiving Dinner at a church in Olive Branch back in 2006.

"There was more food than I've ever seen in my life there, and he made sure that I was treated right, well, with respect, and welcomed," he said.

Warren often ministered on the streets, especially to the homeless. Once, a homeless man made a cross out of toilet paper and gave it to Warren while he was working his beat.  To Brown, it was proof of how much Warren was appreciated and respected.

"There's not many people like that in the world, and they're so far and few between that when you lose one it, leaves a big void," Brown said.


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You can also watch on Action News 5 WeatherPlus, broadcast digital channel 5.2, or channel 4 on Comcast digital cable.

The funeral is scheduled for Friday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m.

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