Two police officers in Fruitport Township, Michigan went above and beyond the call of duty when they purchased a car seat with their own money for a family they pulled over.
Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges stopped the family’s vehicle after someone reported a woman riding in a car with her baby in her lap instead of a car seat. The officers were ready to write a citation, until they realized why the woman was holding her child in the first place.
“Through roadside questioning, it was determined that the family did not have a car seat for the infant and did not have money to purchase one,” Public Safety director Ken Doctor said. “Several viable options were discussed regarding obtaining a car seat.”
When Pavlige and Hodges realized that the family had no money to buy a car seat, they pooled their own money and went to Wal-Mart. The officers bought the family a top-of-the-line car seat – one that they would feel comfortable putting their own children in.
The Wal-Mart employee who sold the duo the car seat was so taken aback by their random act of kindness that she contacted Doctor to let him know. Their story soon began to spread.
“This certainly goes above and beyond what is expected of you in serving our community. It reflects the care and compassion of the officers serving Fruitport Township. Sincere thanks for representing our department so well and providing, great service to the community. Keep up the good work,” Doctor said in a letter to the officers.
The two exemplary officers said that they were doing their job, and that situations like this were what they became police officers for.
“Whatever we do, we try to help everybody the best way possible for every occasion,” Hodges said.
“This is why you become a police officer or firefighter or paramedic," Pavlige added. "You are here to help people; whether it's buying them a car seat or just by talking to them, we are here to help.
“Obviously we can't buy everyone a car seat,” he continued. “But this one time I think we were called to this situation because we were meant to be there."