The first step that Deputy Swallwell took was help Myers get an ID. To do that, he needed to obtain his birth certificate which he had never seen. They were able to obtain it, but it provided its own shocking realizations.
“I thought I was born Michael Myers, but according to my birth certificate, my name is Gordon Myers," Myers revealed.
In order to obtain an ID, he had to prove he was a resident in California, but this was impossible given the fact that he was homeless. Together the sheriff's department and a local church were able to provide enough documentation for Myers that after four trips to the DMV over a month and a half, he was finally able to get an ID.
Deputy Swallwell said, “if it’s something as simple as helping them just to get them back on their feet by getting them an ID so they can get some state or government, federal benefits, then it’s the least we can be doing as law enforcement officers.”
Myers is happy to have gotten help from the officer, and admitted that it was incredibly unexpected. “We both realized at the same time that there is a real person there and not just the stereotype we saw when we first met each other" Myers said.
After dealing with this situation and realizing that it was so difficult for homeless people to obtain an ID, the Sheriff's Department has started to work with local lawmakers and the DMV to try to make it easier. That way more people like Myers will get a second chance, and will be able to get a job and an apartment.