Virginia State Trooper Gives a Helping Hand to a Helpless Student

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A mom praises their local state trooper for helping her son change a flat tire in the middle of the night. With all the negative news out about police discrimination, this one proves not every cop is the same.

The young 20 year old African American male, Joseph Owusu was on his way home from Virginia Tech where he currently attends school, when his back tire suddenly blew out.

Owusu was forced to pull over on a busy road that was not very lit but had much traffic making him an easy target to accidentally be hit. Luckily a Caucasian Virginia state trooper happened to drive by seeing the lonely student.

Matt Okes accompanied Owusu as he waited for his parents arrival and even longer as they awaited AAA to arrive and fix the flat tire.

Joseph’s mom was particularly grateful for the trooper’s actions and willingness to help out. She even posted a picture on her Facebook of the two on Friday May 15. Since then the photo has received much views and talk.

The photo was accompanied by the caption reading,

“Facebook friends, join [me] in expressing my gratitude to God and to Officer [Matt] Okes…a Virginia State Police officer. I took this picture at 2 am in the middle of nowhere. My son had his back tire blown off his car last night on his way home from school. This kind officer approached him, didn’t ask if the little Mercedes was stolen but rather got on his knees to replace his tire. When his effort failed he stayed with my son all night till we arrived at 1 am with Triple A. He provided all the needed protection especially from those tractor trailers till we were done by 2 am and drove behind us for a while before exiting. Today I salute Officer Okes! He is our hero and our Good Samaritan.”

The post has received numerous positive comments and likes and has even received national praise being mentioned by TV host Montel Williams.

Williams commented:

“Dr. Owusu, Grateful that your son is ok, and also grateful that you shared Trooper Okes’ act of heroic kindness with the world. Too often we look at very specific instances where police miss the mark, and it’s equally if not more important to recognize the countless Trooper Okes’ of the world who quietly serve with distinction and embody EVERYTHING we want our Police to be. Trooper Okes, thank you for your service.”

Dr. Owusu told her local news, “Even before we left home, I kept telling my son I need to thank the officer.”

As far as she is concerned race had nothing to do with the incident, she is just glad that good people exist and her son was safe.

“There’s a lot of good in this world and people want to hear positive stories. As far as I was concerned, there was a good person waiting with my son. I didn’t care if he was green, blue, yellow. There’s a lot of good in America and that needs to be heard. Police need our support,” she says.

With all the negative talk about police officers and race it is a nice refresher to see that race is not a determinant in the way they treat citizens.

Image via Facebook

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