Trooper’s Kindness Goes Viral
Danville, Va.- A Virginia State Trooper went all out to help a young man. Now, his kindness has gone viral.
Dr. Nada Owusu said her son had just finished his exams at Virginia Tech and was on his way home to Danville, when a tire blew out on his car. The trooper pulled over to help.
Dr. Owusu tells ABC 13 she was just trying to give a little recognition to the trooper for keeping her son safe. Next thing she knew, it was being shared everywhere.
The post has been shared almost 20,000 times as of late Tuesday afternoon. Montel Williams even commented on it.
Dr. Owusu said the tire blew out along a dark part of Route 220. The trooper, Matt Okes, pulled over to help. He tried helping Joseph change the tire, but they couldn’t because of the way it blew out. Then, Triple-A was looking for Joseph in the wrong place. That meant the trooper ended up staying with Joseph for more than three hours.
“That area is very dangerous,” said Dr. Owusu. “The road is curvy, there are no lights, it’s very dark. It alerted any oncoming car he was there, so that was great. And then him staying with him, it was very comforting to me as a mother.”
In the post, Dr. Owusu wrote the trooper never questioned why her son was driving a Mercedes, just showed up and tried to help. She is thankful her son is safe.
Trooper Okes released the following statement: “The attention the photo has generated on social media has been overwhelming and I certainly wasn’t expecting the photo to receive as much attention as it has. I was simply doing my job as any other Virginia state trooper would. I appreciate the kind comments by Dr. Owusu and am glad Joseph and his parents were able to finally make it home safe. I am honored to be a member of the Virginia state police and am blessed by God to serve and protect.”
What an amazing act of kindness and the State Trooper feels so proud and blessed to Serve and Protect us. God bless our protectors and keep them safe and secure for us. I would like to thank Joseph Paglino http://www.killerendings.com for drawing my attention to this story. Thanks Joe. Take care and God bless.
© Samina Iqbal. 2015