This dad’s stomach dropped when he was pulled over. Then the cop pointed to his kid in the back before Levante Dell was pulled over. It may have been just a regular Monday afternoon for him.
He’d been driving around Westland, Michigan on that day in April 2116, going about his business with his young daughter Lauren, along for the ride. Meanwhile, Joshua Scaglioni, a cop from the City of Westland Police Department, was also in the area and on the beat, and as it turned out, the two men were about to meet. Skaglione had spotted the Dell’s vehicle at tinted windows, and these were of concern to the office.
Indeed, Michigan traffic law prohibits tinted windows that reflect 35% or more of light. It’s perhaps no surprise in that Scaglione wanted to investigate whether Dell’s car was breaking this rule. As a result, while on his journey, Dell spotted the flashing lights that every driver dreads. And while speaking to ABC News about the incident in April 2016, Dell revealed how he had felt at the moment he was being pulled over. He said, when he had the lights, I did what pretty much everybody does when they get pulled over.
My heart dropped to my stomach.
That’s what I did what everybody pretty much does when they get pulled over. Her drop went to my stomach.
As Dell had predicted, Scagalione had made the stop because of the father’s Impala’s unlawful windows. After coming around to Dell’s car, though, the cop had also noticed that Lauren was in the back without a car seat, and as a consequence, Dell was asked to exit his vehicle, something which made him fear the worst.
Then Scaglione started to question Dell. However, instead of giving the driver a ticket, he listened thoughtfully. He even saw some common ground between the two of them. And from what had happened next, it seems as if the officer’s heart went out to Dell and the reasoning behind his lack of a car seat.
The reasoning, Moreover, was heartbreaking. Specifically, Dell had confessed that his little girl had grown out of her car seat and that he couldn’t afford a new one for the toddler. It also appeared that Dell’s own emotions rose to the surface as he told his sad tale. As Scagalioni would tell ABC News, the dad even teared up a little. Why is she in there without a car seat? It’s unsafe and he teared up a little bit. Then, after hearing Dell’s explanation, Scagalioni had an idea.
The officer would later explain to the Daily Mail. I said to myself, this is the perfect opportunity to help this guy. And I said to myself.
This is the perfect opportunity for me to help this guy.
So with a plan in mind, Skaglioni has dealt to follow him. Not the police station, however, but Walmart. Also, if you have not done so already, please subscribe to our channel and click that notification Bell to get inspired by these real-life stories every day. Now back to the story. There, with his own money, the compassionate cop bought Dela a car seat for his daughter with an extra special touch. Gaglione even picked out a pretty pink seat, Lauren’s favorite color that also came complete with a butterfly motif.
And that heartwarming gesture would be recognized by a whole new audience when Dell returned to social media. He recounted the tale in a post on Facebook, where he Additionally praised Gaglione for being a good guy.
Dell further revealed that he had been trying to trace the officer who’d done the good deed, and at the end of this post, Dell commented that Scaglione had said, what good would be giving you a ticket do Besides putting you further in the hole and making it harder for you to come up? Indeed, Scagalione had seemingly recognized that he needed to give the data way out and not more debilitating debt.
At first, though, the City of Westland Police Department had no idea who had stepped in to help Dell. Skaglioni hadn’t informed any of his fellow officers about the incident, and the police Department seemed to understand why. In a post that it would later make on Facebook, it said, it’s clear that his sole purpose was to assist the driver, not receive recognition. That post also commended Del for coming forward with the story, not least because it had touched Gaglioni’s colleagues. And once the caring cop’s identity had been revealed, the police Department allowed Dell to thank his savior in person. When the two men were reunited at the station.
While speaking to ABC News, However, Skaglioni played down his role as a Knight in shining armor. The humble officer instead claimed, according to the network’s report, that he was just doing his job. He added I related to Dell’s story. I related to the fact that I had been in that situation before. Indeed, it seems that acknowledgment and appreciation were not the main motivations for Scaglione’s kind gift, and that was emphasized somewhat by the cops’ remarks to ABC News. Rather than seeking praise for what he’d done for Dell, the officer simply requested that anybody affected by the story should just pay it forward through their act of charity.
Whether Skaglione wanted the recognition or not, however, he would soon get it. That’s because, in July 2016, he and Del were invited onto Steve Harvey’s daytime show to talk about their initial encounter. The pair sat together under a screen that read The Power of Forgiveness. Dell was in a suit while Scaglione was wearing his uniform.
Can you follow me to Walmart? And I looked at him like, Follow you to Walmart? I was kind of shocked, like, okay, I’ll follow you.
That’s better than jail. And this isn’t the only example of a police officer going above and beyond to help someone in need. In fact, in the same month as Dallas Skaglione’s first meeting, Huntington Beach Police Department, Zach Pricer also hit the headlines for another very generous act.
Specifically, officer Pricer momentarily distracted a homeless girl from her situation by playing hopscotch with her. But there was another reason for the game, too, as Pricer revealed when interviewed by ABC News in April 2016, I had to check the welfare of the little girl so I have to earn her trust and get her comfortable with me first, he said.
Unlike Scaglioni, Pricer was also keen to downplay just how remarkable his actions were. Indeed, he’d tell ABC News, this is the kind of thing a lot of cops and communities across the country do every day. So in an age of such division and tension between law enforcement and American citizens, it’s perhaps worth being reminded that there are true, officers who are more than willing to go that extra mile. And Dell’s experience with Scaglione certainly proves that some cops do just that.