Acts of Kindness
79-year-old is upset during traffic stop so policeman offers to lend him a hand
The elderly gentleman was pulled over for speeding. But instead of getting a ticket, he got much-needed help from a group of kind officers.
Elijah Chan
10.15.21

A Michigan police officer made a routine traffic stop and was stunned when the driver told him what was wrong.

Sterling Heights Police had to pull over a Buick on Mound Road when they saw it cruising above the speed limit. The whole encounter was recorded by the police.

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Flickr - John S. Quarterman

Officer Kevin Coates thought it would just be a routine traffic stop. The driver, a 79-year-old man who was identified only as “David” by the Sterling Heights Police, shambled towards the officer. He was instructed to stand behind his car so he wouldn’t get hit by passing traffic, then Coates began his questioning.

He asked “What was happening tonight?” and the man returned a cryptic yet heartbreaking response:

YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit
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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit

“Everything’s going wrong.” the man said.

The man’s voice was cracking. He was on the verge of tears and was visibly upset. However, even if Coates and his team wanted to help, the vague answer was just not enough. He tried to get a clearer picture of what was happening and David shared the reason why he was speeding.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit

David said that he’s been living in Sterling Heights for a long time. He also explained that his wife was awfully sick and their adult son is a person with special needs.

To make their days a little bit brighter, David bought his family a new TV.

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Pexels - Max Vakhtbovych

But the problem is he doesn’t know how to make it work.

“I really try to drive right,” David said in the video. “I bought a new television today because I wanted to make my wife happy, you know, and I can’t get it hooked up.”

YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit
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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit

The man was just doing his very best to make his family happy and these seemingly small frustrations were beginning to weigh down on him. Coates immediately started asking what was the issue but David didn’t know where to start. He shared that he was used to using a tube television so he might not have much experience with the newer models.

But instead of giving him a ticket, Coates gave him a surprising proposition.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit

He was going to try and help him get his TV set up.

The two men swapped phone numbers and he promised to help him get his TV working. They had to part ways that moment because the officers were still at work.

Eventually, Officer Coates drove by David’s house with two other officers in tow, Officer Remi Verougstraete, and his new recruit Officer Jeremy Jakushevich. That night, they did what every policeman was intended to do – help out their community.

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Unsplash - Michael Förtsch

Amazingly, they assisted David in hooking up his TV.

David admitted that he’s not good with technology and if wasn’t for the officers’ assistance, he would never have succeeded. For the officers, meanwhile, it’s a good thing that the TV just needed simple steps to get it running.

YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit
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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 2 Detroit

“I’m very proud of Officer Coates, Officer Verougstraete, and new recruit Officer Jakushevich for going above and beyond to help our residents,” Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said in a statement. “This is just another example of the amazing service that the Sterling Heights Police Department provides our community”.

While David got a verbal warning for speeding, he also got the chance to make his family happy.

Watch how this seemingly ordinary traffic stop led to an extraordinary moment of compassion and service in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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