The story has gathered national attention between Westland Police Officer Joshua Scaglione and Lavonte Dell. Mr. Dell took to Facebook to thank the Officer for his kind act of paying for a new car seat out of his own pocket for Lavonte’s daughter when he didn’t have to.
The Officer initially wanted to keep the gift between the two of them but after the incident became known decided that it was alright if people understood what had happened. That Officers and community do in fact do get along quite well despite what is generally thought.
This is what was posted on the Westland Police Department’s Facebook page:
As many of you may have heard, we had an incident occur on Monday in which an officer conducted a traffic stop on a car for having tinted windows. While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed that there was a child inside who was not in a car seat. The officer took it upon himself to take the driver to Walmart and purchase a car seat for the child. The officer paid for this car seat out of his own pocket.
The driver soon after identified himself through Facebook, telling the story of what had happened, and seeking to identify and thank the officer that had done this for him. It was difficult to identify the officer responsible as he had not told anyone about what had happened. It is clear that his sole purpose was to assist the driver, not to receive recognition.
The Westland Police Department would like to express how proud we are of the officer responsible, Officer Joshua Scaglione.
We would also like to thank the driver, LaVonte Dell for coming forward and sharing this experience with us. In a world filled with negative stories, the fact that you shared yours has had an unbelievably positive impact on all of us. Thank you.
A copy of the original post of Mr. Dell is here: