When LaVonte Dell was pulled over in Westland, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, recently, he assumed it was probably due to his tinted windows. Little did he know his encounter with this officer was going to end up making the news - for the best possible reason.
As Officer Joshua Scaglione approached the vehicle, he spotted Dell's 3-year-old-daughter, Lauren, sitting in the back without a car seat.
"I asked him why is she back there without a car seat. It's not safe. He teared up a little bit and told me he was going through some tough times," recalls Officer Scaglione.
"I related to the fact that I've been in that situation before. I realized this was the perfect opportunity to help him," says Scaglione. Instead of giving Dell a ticket, he told him to follow him to a local Walmart, where he proceeded to purchase a car seat for Dell's daughter.
Dell really appreciated that the officer took the time to understand his situation. The whole time Officer Scaglione was with them, he felt as if he was with a true friend. "You would have thought we were best friends. No awkward silence. I learned about him. He learned about me," says Dell.
Although Dell thanked him at the Walmart, he was so surprised by what was happening that he forgot to ask for Scaglione's name. That's why he took to Facebook with his story. "I feel like he should get the recognition. Everyone should know what he did," he wrote.