October 29. 2015 Fruitport, Michigan Officers responded to a dispatch call reporting a woman at a local McDonalds holding a baby in her arms in a car’s passenger seat. Once again untimely news of two officers doing something wonderful has come to our attention that should be shared with you. Sadly this information leaks out so slowly because the officers themselves never speak of what they do and the people that benefit often never say anything other than thank you. Media seldom ever reports on it and it never gains traction. However here it is.
ABC News did report that Sometime earlier this year a person called and complained about the incident of a woman holding a child in an unsafe manner while a vehicle was being operated as the child should have been in a car seat.
The two officers who responded were Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges spoke with ABC news after the incident had been reported months later by a Wamart Employee who thought that the officers should be recognized. If the employee had not reported it to the Department the act of kindness would never have been known.
The Officers did find the vehicle and spoke with the driver and found that the baby was being held by the mother in the passengers seat. yes, it was an unsafe thing to do however issuing a traffic citation would not solve the problem.
The couple had just moved into the area and had no family members to help them. They also had no co-workers that could help them and they were just not in a financial position to buy a car seat themselves.
“We spoke with each other and made the decision to go get them a car seat so we’d know the kid was safe and that this issue wouldn’t come up again,” Hodges said.
The two Officers pooled their money and bought a car seat on their own and installed it for the parents who did not have the money for one.
“The father was, I think, almost in shock,” said Hodges, who declined to say how much the car seat cost. “They didn’t say much but were just very appreciative.”
“It was only brought to our attention by a clerk at Walmart who saw it and thought they should be recognized,” Fruitport Township Police Lt. Bruce Morningstar told ABC News. “They were doing it on their own without any recognition.”
Hodges says the incident was just another day on the job in the life of a police officer.
“We made the decision that was what we needed to do to solve the issue,” Hodges said. “When we left we went onto the next call.”
Photo Credit: ABC NEWS
These acts of kindness are not isolated by the Police community but happen on a daily basis around the United States, they are just not given the attention that they deserve. It is far easier to promote distrust and fear within our Police Community and Citizens than understanding of what Officers see and do on a daily basis.
Please share these stories so that they are more well known through out the States, these officers are in your communities and doing their jobs daily without recognition or support. No other professionals reach out to people on a daily basis and ease suffering as Police officers do every day across our nation that we are aware of. Help make the Thin Blue Line grow Wide.