Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 2:51 PM
By: Evan Millward, WCPO-TV, Marais Jacon-Duffy, WCPO-TV
CINCINNATI — A homeless man froze to death early Tuesday morning at a bus stop downtown, according to the leaders of a local organization.
Ken Martin has worked as a volunteer for and received assistance from Maslow's Army, according to a post from Sam and Susan Landis, co-founders of Maslow's Army.
The organization's account lines up with a report from Cincinnati police, which said officers were dispatched to government square at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday with the report of a man unconscious. The man was "determined to have died from unknown cause and there was nothing suspicious at the scene," according to Sgt. Eric Franz.
"We met Ken on our first Sunday outreach on Fountain Square almost one year ago," the Landis' Facebook post said. "He was inspired to get his life together and began taking steps towards self improvement. For well over five months, Kenny continued to serve with Maslow's Army during our Sunday outreach and he was able to show others that change is possible through his personal testimony."
In May, WCPO reporter Lucy May interviewed Martin for a story on Maslow's Army. Martin told May that, before Maslow's Army, "he was living in a doorway or under a bridge." He said he experienced homelessness for four and a half years prior to finding Maslow's Army.
Martin the organization helped restore his self-respect and dignity. At the time of the interview, he was four months sober and had housing.