Georgetown, S.C. Sgt. Offers thanks not a citation to busy woman

Ayla Hemeon was running around in a hurry as most people do when they are trying to juggle a busy schedule.  Sgt. Steven Church was watching traffic as he sometimes does during his duties as a Patrol Officer and saw Ayla speeding.

Inescapably Ayala saw the emergency lights behind her within a moment and she pulled over. She explained to the Sgt. “I’m just in a hurry. I’m trying to get to my parents’ house to drop off the pumpkin, get home and do homework with my daughter,” said Hemeon as she recalled for ABC15 (WPDE)

The Sgt. Took her information and went to his car, returning to Ayala’s vehicle but not as she had expected.

The Sgt. told her “He said you’re helping your parents and your daughter and you’re setting a good example for her. He said have a great day and I couldn’t believe it,” said Hemeon.

“You could tell that she was having a tough week. Just because something goes wrong, doesn’t define them,” said Church.

“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.”

“And that was a great day for me,” Hemeon said. “He told me that day that I was setting a good example to my daughter by helping my parents and her, hes the one who set a great example that day.”

“I actually want to make sure that I don’t speed to do him right, to prove him right that he did the right thing,” said Hemeon.

Ayla Posted the ticket to her Facebook page and that got some attention. She stated:

“I was headed to my parents’ house with Tara to drop off a pumpkin we carved for them. I was in a hurry because we had to get back home so Tara could finish her homework. I didn’t realize I was going over the speed limit until I got pulled over. The officer asked me if there was any lawful reason why I was speeding. I just shook my head and explained what I was doing – hurrying to drop off the pumpkin so we could get home and work on homework. He went back to his police car and I could see him busily writing my ticket. When he came back he told me he was giving me a warning. With a huge sign of relief, I thanked him and left. I gave the ticket to Tara and had her read it to me. Never expected it to say what it did. I can honestly say it made me tear up. This officer made my day.”

Ayla Dyer Hemeon Citation From Sgt. Steven Church
Ayla Dyer Hemeon Citation From Sgt. Steven Church

Photo Credit: Ayla Dyer Hemeon

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