Officers Spend Their Own Money To Help The Struggling Father.

Police officers pull over a lot of people for a lot of different things. But not everything is cut and dried. Here are 10 stories of officers going that extra mile.

1. In Cedar Park, Texas, Officer Justin Gower stopped a truck after spotting that it had expired plates. When he looked inside the truck, past the man who was driving it, he observed three young girls, ages 1 to 4, who were not in car seats.

But just before writing out a ticket, he stopped and recalled how his coworkers talked about a man who was living in his vehicle because he was going through some rough times.

So the police officer, instead of giving the man a ticket, called a colleague to the scene, and together they pooled the money they had on hand and went to Walmart to buy three car seats for the man’s children.

When other officers heard what their colleagues had done, they chipped in their own money to cover what the two officers did on their own.

2. An officer pulled over a University of Wisconsin-Stout student who was rushing to make a presentation. He was wearing a suit without a tie and went to his friend’s house to have him tie it for him, but his buddy wasn’t home…which made his rush all the more necessary.

When he explained to the officer that he did not know how to tie a tie, the officer asked him for the tie and proceeded to put it around his own neck and tie it before giving it back to the student.

Officer Folczyk helps a UW-Stout student tie up loose ends

A few weeks ago, Officer Folczyk helped a UW-Stout student tie up some loose ends. Check out the great video here!

Posted by Menomonie Police Department on Tuesday, 20 December 2016

He let him go on his way simply suggesting that he slow down.

3. In Arlington, Texas, Officer Dale Horton pulled over a woman who had a malfunctioning tail light. Linda Grey, a single mom of five children, told him a fender bender a few months back messed up the light. Her insurance money for the accident, she told him, went to pay bills instead of fixing the damage.

So instead of issuing her a ticket, he called a parts house for a new taillight and called a mechanic buddy of his to come out and fix it for the woman.

Says Officer Horton: “The lady needs help. The ticket, all it would do is bury her deeper. No way any officer would’ve written that ticket.”

Linda was extremely appreciative of Officer Horton’s kind gesture.

4. Durham police officer Dan Strandh pulled over Courtney Bailey for speeding. She was also not wearing a seatbelt and her registration had expired. Ohhh… she knew she was in for a ticket.

When he asked her why she hadn’t taken care of getting her registration up to date, she told him she was between jobs and that any little money she got went to take care of her son.. not the car. And because she also had a tread-thin tire, he wanted to take her car to a shop to get it replaced. She reminded him she had no money, saying she had six cents in the bank and a dollar in the glove compartment. But Officer Strandh said “Let’s just go”…. so she did.

After necessary repairs were made to her car, the bill came to $200. Officer Strandh took care of the bill out of his own pocket and didn’t give her a single ticket. And Courtney, who admitted she was previously very uneasy about police before that day, said she boohooed her face off, after his extraordinary act of kindness and knowing it was actually going against his job.

We would like to share this testimonial video from one Durham resident highlighting a compassionate action from Officer Strandh from our Traffic Service Unit earlier this week. What an awesome example of community policing.

Posted by Durham Police Department on Thursday, 29 June 2017

5. Amye Hemeon was rushing to her parents house to drop off a pumpkin for Halloween with her daughter Tara alongside her when she was pulled over by Sgt. Steven Church. When he asked why she was speeding, she told him she was in a hurry to drop off the pumpkin and get back home to help her daughter with her homework.

So then he wrote her a ticket, which was actually, instead, a thank you note, which read: ‘Thanks for all that you do. You could have spent Sunday alone, but instead you chose to help your daughter and your parents. Have a good day.’

Now although many were angered by this after it was posted on social media, others say they are very proud of what the officer did. Sgt. Church for his own part said he gave her a break because he could see she was having a tough week and she was trying to help others.

6. In Wausau, Wisconsin, Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood came upon a car that had clearly warn out its time on the meter.

As he was about to write out a ticket and stick it under a wiper, he spotted a note hanging from the inside of the windshield. It read: Please take pity on me. I walked home… Safe choices.

So the officer attached a ticket, which stated “Pity granted. Just a warning.”

7. A Michigan dad was struggling to make ends meet when an officer pulled him over. His 3-year-old wasn’t in a car seat.

When officer Joshua Scaglione asked him why there was no car seat for her, LaVonte Dell broke down and told him about the rough times he was going through.

The officer then asked him to follow him to Walmart, which he did. He then bought LaVonte a car seat for his daughter and happily installed it for the little girl. LaVonte was amazed by the officer’s kindness.

8. In Somerville, Massachusetts, Officer Ashley Catatao stopped a car doing 40 in a 30 zone. When she approached the driver, she found Robin Sutherland crying. She told the officer she was on her way to visit her sick mother, who she was told earlier that day would have to be put in hospice care.

The officer let her go but urged her to drive the speed limit. Then, she sent Robin a big bouquet of flowers.

The note with it read: “I’m very sorry to hear about your mother. I hope you find comfort in knowing she lived a long life and will continue to live on in your heart and in your memories. Signed, from the officer who pulled you over this morning.”

9. Indiana State Trooper Todd Durnil pulled over a man for speeding. He seemed upset, but when the two got to talking about why he was speeding, Rodney Gibson told the trooper he wasn’t really paying attention to his speed because his daughter just found out she had breast cancer and was probably not going to make it. He apologized for speeding, saying he never intentionally does that.

There was no need to ticket the man, the trooper asked if there was anything he could do for him. Gibson asked if he would pray for his daughter. So, together, next to the man’s truck off the side of the road, the two prayed. They then exchanged phone numbers so they could keep in touch.

10. In Greenwood Village, Colorado, Naomi Norelli’s plates were expired, so she was pulled over. She had gone through so many struggles recently… fighting that dreadful cancer, having a job fall through, her old car dying, and she couldn’t afford the $400 tags for her new one.

She told the female officer who pulled her over that she was having a tough time getting by, and she was having to spend the money from her new job on groceries and to take care of her son.

The officer wrote her a ticket, left her, and that was that. Or was it? Well That… was actually just the beginning. Because later that day at Naomi’s job, several officers showed up with bags and bags of groceries, enough money to cover the ticket she had received, a card from Starbuck’s and toys for her young son.

And now that her co-workers know about her struggles, they’re helping her too. So Naomi’s life is now taking a turn for the better…so much better… instead of the worse.

Say’s Naomi: “They could have just left me with a ticket and been on their way… but what they did was amazing.”

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  1. June 22, 2022