An off-duty police officer went out of his way to comfort a 10-year-old boy who was injured and frightened after a car accident.
Alana Beard was driving her four children to school on Oct. 8 when they crashed into another car on Detroit’s west side, Click on Detroit reported.
Lt. Joe Tucker was off duty and driving his personal car when he drove past the accident. Tucker, who has worked for the Detroit Police Department for 22 years, noticed 10-year-old Johntez Byrd on the ground, alone.
Tucker pulled off the road and went to Johntez’s side to comfort him.
“The neighbors were tending to the other children and the young man was still sort of alone,” Tucker told WDAM of Johntez. “He was crying and nervous, so I laid down next to him.”
In what Tucker calls “the instinct of a father, the instinct of a man, and the instinct of a human being,” he laid next to the boy and thought of how he could help comfort him. He asked Johntez if he wanted to watch some motorcycle videos on his phone.
EMS took the family to the hospital.
Beard was so touched by what Tucker did to help her son that she found him on Facebook and reached out to thank him.
“I wanted to thank him, and I wanted to let him know that we really appreciated it,” Beard told WDAM.
“Thanks for helping me … thanks for letting me play with his iPhone,” Johntez said.