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Texas cop scraps French Riviera trip to aid Ukrainian refugees instead

By Elizabeth Campbell
Fort Well worth Star-Telegram

KRAKOW, Poland — Pawel Nabialek planned to commit his vacation on the French Riviera and in Barcelona to look at a soccer match, but he scrapped his beach front getaway to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland.

Nabialek, a lieutenant with the Fort Truly worth police section, is expending his three-7 days getaway in Poland, in which he was born, to assistance the ladies and kids fleeing Ukraine to get to protected places.

People who fled the war in Ukraine wait at the train station in Przemysl, southeastern Poland, Thursday, March 17, 2022.

People who fled the war in Ukraine wait at the train station in Przemysl, southeastern Poland, Thursday, March 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

“How can I just take a photograph on a French seashore when there is a war in Europe?” he mentioned. Nabialek landed in Krakow on March 14, bringing unexpected emergency initially help materials, including tourniquets, knives, ponchos and tactical flashlights. He brought the provides to the Ukraine border to assist the troopers.

He then rented a car or truck and went to a refugee middle at the border, in which he registered as a driver to take women and small children to harmless sites.

The family Nabialek fulfilled was a mom and son and the mother’s sister. He understood quickly that he had to attain their rely on.

He confirmed them his passport, discussed that he was a police officer and offered to turn into Fb buddies.

“They have been shellshocked. They experienced PTSD from the bomb alerts heading off,” he said.

As they drove from the Ukraine border, the crisis alerts warning of an air raid were sounding on their telephones, Nabialek claimed.

The loved ones desired to go to a farm about four hours from Warsaw.

Nabialek identified as ahead and spoke to the farmer in Polish, but his instincts as a police officer kicked in, as he did not like the “negative vibes” and the route of the conversation.

It was a perform arrangement wherever the lady was meant to function on a tomato farm, Nabialek said.

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“After 13 decades as a police officer, I claimed fellas, I won’t be able to leave you right here. He was speaking about the spouse and children like they were being subhuman,” Nabialek explained.

He drove the family members back to Warsaw and paid for a hotel place and explained to the spouse and children there were considerably extra organizations to give help and far more opportunities in Warsaw.

“They had been so drained they hadn’t slept in days and times,” he said.

Nabialek was quick to level out that Poland and the Polish men and women have proven extraordinary generosity and compassion toward the girls and little ones coming from Ukraine.

Nabialek explained his kinfolk in Poland are also supporting in which they can. His uncle is getting beans, rice and other foodstuff into Ukraine.

Nabialek has a Go Fund Me page, but he is encouraging people to donate to charities in Poland working with the Ukrainian refugees.

When Nabialek noticed that Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, he was stunned by what he observed on information experiences.

Nabialek explained he has gotten incredible assist from other police officers and from Tabernacle of Praise Church in Kennedale.

Questioned if he prepared to go to Ukraine, Nabialek explained he promised his relatives that he would not.

The Polish and Individuals have a accountability to assist the refugees, he said.

“If the guys are heading to stay and struggle, we ought to get are of their females and youngsters,” he mentioned.

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