A grateful mother took to Facebook to show her appreciation to a white cop who helped her black son fix a flat tire late at night — and her post promptly went viral.
Dr. Nada Owusu wrote on Facebook that her son Joseph, 20, a student at Virginia Tech, was driving home from school late last Thursday when one of his back tires blew out “in the middle of nowhere”.
Owusu wrote that her son was then approached by Virginia State Trooper Matt Okes. She noted that Okes didn’t ask her son whether the Mercedes was stolen, but “got on his knees to replace his tire”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Dr. Nada Owusu took to Facebook to thank State Trooper Matt Okes for helping her son Joseph with a flat tire late at night, writing that he didn’t ask Joseph if the Mercedes was stolen in the post.
2. Pediatrician Dr. Nada Owusu praised the actions of Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Okes for stopping to help her son when his tire blew out at night on a rural stretch of highway.
Once he understood that the tire was stuck, Okes remained with Joseph for hours until the student’s parents and AAA arrived to help, Owusu wrote on Facebook.
As the two waited for help, Okes shone the lights of his cruiser on Joseph’s car to help warn oncoming traffic, WTVR reports.
Owusu, a pediatrician who emigrated from Ghana and now lives in Danville, Virginia, called the trooper “our hero”. She wrote that Okes even followed the family in his car, after the tire was fixed and they returned to the road.
Owusu’s Facebook post immediately went viral, eventually catching the attention of TV host Montel Williams, who told the mother he was grateful that she had shared Okes’ act of kindness with the rest of the world.
3. Owusu wrote that Okes got on his knees to help replace Joseph’s tire and, when he realized it was stuck, stayed with her son for hours, shining the lights of his cruiser on the car to warn oncoming vehicles.
4. Owusu said she was grateful that there was a “good person” waiting with her son. “I didn’t care if he was green, blue, yellow”, she said. “There’s a lot of good in America and that needs to be heard”.
5. Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Okes has gotten praise as a quiet example of what police officers should be — professional, helpful and courteous.
Too often we look at very specific instances where police miss the mark.
And it’s equally if not more important to recognize the countless Trooper Okes of the world who quietly serve with distinction and embody everything we want our police to be.
Owusu explained that she believed there was a lot of “good in this world” and added that people “want to hear positive stories”. She said:
As far as I was concerned, there was a good person waiting with my son.
I didn’t care if he was green, blue, yellow. There’s a lot of good in America and that needs to be heard. Police need our support.
6. Worried mother’s thankful Facebook post about a police officer goes viral — a WTVR report.
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