Texas cop scraps French Riviera getaway to enable Ukrainian refugees in its place

By Elizabeth Campbell
Fort Value Star-Telegram

KRAKOW, Poland — Pawel Nabialek prepared to spend his vacation on the French Riviera and in Barcelona to look at a soccer match, but he scrapped his seaside trip to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland.

Nabialek, a lieutenant with the Fort Value police section, is shelling out his three-7 days vacation in Poland, where he was born, to help the ladies and young children fleeing Ukraine to get to harmless areas.

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

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

“How can I consider a image on a French beach when there is a war in Europe?” he stated. Nabialek landed in Krakow on March 14, bringing emergency initially help materials, which includes tourniquets, knives, ponchos and tactical flashlights. He introduced the materials to the Ukraine border to aid the troopers.

He then rented a car or truck and went to a refugee heart at the border, in which he registered as a driver to consider girls and children to risk-free locations.

The spouse and children Nabialek met was a mom and son and the mother’s sister. He knew promptly that he experienced to obtain their have faith in.

He confirmed them his passport, defined that he was a law enforcement officer and supplied to grow to be Fb buddies.

“They had been shellshocked. They had PTSD from the bomb alerts likely off,” he mentioned.

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

The relatives desired to go to a farm about 4 hours from Warsaw.

Nabialek referred to as in advance and spoke to the farmer in Polish, but his instincts as a police officer kicked in, as he did not like the “undesirable vibes” and the path of the conversation.

It was a function arrangement where the woman was supposed to function on a tomato farm, Nabialek mentioned.

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“Following 13 many years as a police officer, I reported fellas, I can not depart you below. He was conversing about the spouse and children like they had been subhuman,” Nabialek mentioned.

He drove the family members again to Warsaw and paid for a resort area and instructed the relatives there were much extra businesses to present enable and more prospects in Warsaw.

“They were so tired they hadn’t slept in days and days,” he claimed.

Nabialek was brief to issue out that Poland and the Polish individuals have shown amazing generosity and compassion toward the girls and children coming from Ukraine.

Nabialek mentioned his relatives in Poland are also supporting the place they can. His uncle is getting beans, rice and other foods into Ukraine.

Nabialek has a Go Fund Me web site, but he is encouraging individuals to donate to charities in Poland functioning with the Ukrainian refugees.

When Nabialek observed that Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, he was shocked by what he saw on news reports.

Nabialek claimed he has gotten remarkable support from other law enforcement officers and from Tabernacle of Praise Church in Kennedale.

Questioned if he planned to go to Ukraine, Nabialek reported he promised his family members that he would not.

The Polish and People have a responsibility to aid the refugees, he stated.

“If the men are going to continue to be and fight, we really should get are of their women and children,” he explained.

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