Sometimes when law enforcement officers go beyond the call of duty, they are due their share of praise.
After a routine traffic stop for speeding, one highway state trooper in Ohio drove a bereaved man over 100 miles to Michigan so that he could be with his mourning family.
Inside Edition reported that Sgt. David Robinson offered a ride to Mark Ross, a resident of Indiana, after he pulled his car over for speeding.
After the sudden death of Ross’ teenage sister Liza, he was being driven to Michigan by a friend who coincidentally had a suspended driver’s license. Ross had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. The odds were not looking good for Ross, who feared he would end up in prison due to the traffic stop.
In a viral Facebook post in which Ross described the scenario, he wrote, “I knew I was going to jail due to a petty warrant.”
Their reason for speeding was more than understandable—Ross’ little sister had just been killed in a car accident and he was rushing to be with his family in Detroit.
Ross wrote, “I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP. I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry… Everybody knows how much I dislike cops but I am truly grateful for this guy. He gave me hope.”
Upon learning of Ross’ dire situation, Robinson offered a prayer for his grieving family and drove him all the way to a Detroit coffee shop. Ross was then picked up by a relative.
According to Inside Edition, Robinson has been invited to Ross’ sister’s funeral.
For Sgt. Robinson, being a good Samaritan came as second nature; he listened to Ross’ story and offered to help him in the best way he could. This incident is a stark contrast from how encounters with police have been playing out recently, and offers a glimpse of hope that there truly are still good cops.
Banner photo credit: Facebook, Mark E Ross