An African-American man was driving in Westland, Michigan when he suddenly got pulled over by a police officer — but this traffic stop didn’t end like many of the controversial ones we’ve seen in the news lately.
LaVonte Dell said his “heart dropped to his stomach” when police officer Joshua Scaglione pulled him over.
The 28-year-old father was worried he was going to get a costly ticket, and wasn’t quite sure why.
But Officer Scaglione had noticed Dell’s daughter wasn’t in a car seat.
What happened next “completely surprised me,” Dell said.
When Officer Scaglione asked Dell why his daughter wasn’t in a car seat, he received a very emotional response from him. So, instead of humiliating Dell in front of his family, Officer Scaglione pulled him aside to speak in private.
He told me with a lot of emotion that he couldn’t afford it,” Officer Scaglione recalled. “He needed to keep the lights on and feed his children over being able to afford this car seat, so I saw it as a perfect opportunity. I can relate to him since I was a teen dad myself. I can relate and I wanted to be able to pay it forward.”
What Officer Scaglione did next shocked Dell to the core…
After hearing about Dell’s hardship, Officer Scaglione didn’t write him a costly ticket — nor did he scold the father for failing to provide his daughter a proper car seat. Instead, Officer Scaglione decided to help and asked Dell to follow him to Walmart. That’s when the magic really started happening…
“We pulled up to Walmart, we walked in — it wasn’t like [an] awkward moment of silence,” Dell explained. “I learned about him, he learned about me. We walked to the car seat isle, he went through like 3 or 4 carseats and he picked a car seat that he felt was perfect for my daughter. He paid with his own cash.”
Officer Scaglione purchased Dell’s daughter a car seat with his own money. Overwhelmed by Officer Scaglione’s act of kindness, Dell couldn’t adequately express his gratitude. It was like he encountered his own guardian angel, and just like that, Officer Scaglione was gone.
“He went his way [and] I walked back to my car. At that point I wanted to thank him again cause I’m still in shock. Nothing like this ever happened to me before. I sat the carseat on my trunk, when I turned around he was already gone.”
Officer Scaglione didn’t perform the act of kindness to seek gratitude. He did it with sincerity, from the depths of his heart and a dedication to serve others as stewards of God’s varied grace. Officer Scaglione didn’t want praise, he simply wanted to help — and he remains humble about the act of kindness to this day.
On a recent episode of Steve Harvey’s talk show, the two fathers reunited in a segment that highlighted compassion. With all of the disrespect towards police officers these days, it’s truly heartwarming to see Steve Harvey reminding Americans the inspiring ways they care for their community — and the importance of showing the compassion Officer Scaglione practiced every day, to everyone.
LaVonte Dell wants people to know “there are still real-life superheroes in this world” after Officer Scaglione’s random act of kindness left him in tears. If everyone was as compassionate as Officer Scaglione, the world would be a much better place.
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“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32