Homeless vet’s ‘positive attitude’ hits PPB

Troy Kyles is seen almost daily by PPB members on patrol

Troy Kyles is a former Air Force veteran and police officer now living in his car, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Troy Kyle spent time in the Air Force and as a police officer. Now, the veteran is homeless and lives in his car.

Troy Kyles is a former Air Force veteran and police officer now living in his car, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Troy Kyles is a former Air Force veteran and police officer now living in his car, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

“Too Cool,” as he likes to be called, said his previous experiences shaped his whole life and he now supports the Portland police Gang Enforcement Team every day on the streets.

“Policemen are the fabric of our country,” he told KOIN 6 News. “If we didn’t have police, no one would want to come to America.”

Kyles is seen almost daily by PPB members on patrol. They said they’re moved by his efforts to help and by his positive attitude.

Troy Kyles with members of the PPB Gang Enforcement Team, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Troy Kyles with members of the PPB Gang Enforcement Team, Feb. 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

“I started thinking about my life and things that I should be thankful for,” said Sgt. Don Livingston with the GET. “Here’s a guy living in his car and is always happy, so we felt like we should do something for him.”

Livingston and others on the team gave Kyles a few necessities. They hope the gift will keep him smiling.

“I really admire him, in my short conversations with him, and that’s why I felt the need to help.”

Kyles was overwhelmed with the gifts – some new shirts and socks.

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