A Westland, Michigan father was pulled over recently by a concerned police officer.
"When he hit the lights, I did what probably everybody would do. Heart dropped. Went to my stomach," LaVonte Dell said.
The police officer originally pulled over Dell because of his tinted windows. As Officer Joshua Scaglione walked up to the car, he noticed Dell's daughter was not in a car seat.
"I asked him, 'Why is she back there without a car seat? It's not safe,'" Officer Scaglione said. "He teared up a little bit and told me he was going through some tough times."
After Dell's response, Scaglione asked him to step out of the vehicle.
It was then the young father began to feel something bad was about to happen. Was he going to get a ticket? Or worse, was he going to lose his daughter?
Thankfully, neither. The officer just wanted to talk about Dell's life. He wanted to see what Dell would say and see where the conversation would go.
"I related to the fact that I've been in that situation before. I realized this was the perfect opportunity to help him," Scaglione said.
Instead of issuing a ticket, Scaglione showed grace and asked him to follow him to a local Walmart. Scaglione purchased him a car seat.
"You would have thought we were best friends. No awkward silence. I learned about him. He learned about me," Dell said.
"He seems like a blue-collar, hard-working guy who was doing the best he could for his family," Scaglione said.
After the two gentlemen parted ways, Dell realized he never got the officer's name. So he shared his experience on Facebook in hopes to provide the police officer some positive light.
"I feel like he should get the recognition. Everyone should know what he did," Dell said. He also added that we should never "judge a book by its cover."
After Dell's post went viral, many viewers applauded the police officer for showing kindness and helping a struggling father. He went above and beyond the call of duty.
"Thank you to the officer for making sure that little girl was safe and treating her father as a human being, sometimes you just don't have the extra money you need for something you need in life," one commenter said.
One reader wrote, “God's blessings to you LeVont & Officer Joshua Scaglione May Lord God Continue To Use This Officer For His Great Services, All the Best to you LeVont, My prayers are with you. God's blessings Westland Police department.”
"Yea. That's awesome. Lots of very good. Police. Lots of very good people. All colors. Need more of this. Love is so much better than hate," another reader wrote.
“You see, all lives matter and this just shows one small way of loving one another and having an amazing impact on not only the two gentlemen involved but touching the lives of countless people. Thank you to both of you for showing the rest of us how life should be lived. God bless you both,” another reader added.
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