A Texas cop was lauded by his colleagues for assisting a destitute man who was initially pulled over for an expired registration.
The unnamed officer pulled over Hayden Carlo, 25, after he noticed that the driver's registration had expired. When the cop asked Carlo why he failed to renew it, the man was completely honest.
“There’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money,” said Carlo to the officer. “It was either feed my kids or get my registration done.”
Moved by Carlo’s honesty, the officer did something that no other police officer has most likely ever done before. He gave Carlo a citation, with a rolled up $100 bill inside, reported WDAF.
“I opened it up and there’s a $100 bill,” said Carlo. “I broke down in my car. What else could I do?”
The driver says he used the cash to renew his car’s registration, along with his wife’s car. They are both driving their vehicles legally.
“He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that. I’ll never forget that man,” Carlo told KTVT. “It definitely restored my faith in God.”
Carlo’s grandfather was so moved by the event that he wrote a letter to the Plano Police Department praising them for the officer’s good deed toward his grandson.
“I get emotional when we talk about this type of thing,” said Carlo’s grandfather Billy McIntire. “You just don’t find that many officers who would do this type of thing.”
The cop, who did not want to identified, never told anyone about his generous action until the letter was mailed to the police station. Once his department heard about it, they decided to honor him for his act of kindness during a mundane traffic stop.
"He basically told me he felt this man needed it more than him and it was the right thing to do," said David Tilley, department spokesperson.