Officer Thinks It's A Routine Traffic Stop - Looks In Backseat & Realizes He Has To Act Now
Katie Mooney 7/19/2017
The duties of a police officer are certainly not for the faint of heart. Not only are these brave men and women in blue required to be vigilant and aware at all times, but they are often thrown into unpredictable and terrifying situations - situations that force them to trust their instinct, rather than their experience.
Officer Nicholas Mitchell was patrolling the streets of Rockwood, Michigan, as usual, when his day suddenly became anything but "routine."
When the car in front of him failed to stop at a red light, the police officer signaled for the driver to pull over to the side of the road.
Although Officer Mitchell most likely believed that this would be an ordinary traffic stop - the truth is, he couldn't have been more wrong...
After approaching the stopped vehicle and looking at the driver, the policeman decided not to ask for her driver's license and registration, as he normally would - he knew instantly that something was very off.
Officer Mitchell, after glancing into the backseat of the car, realized right away that the child who was seated there needed immediate medical attention.
Rhonda McArthur, the driver of the car and child's mother, shared,
"He didn't ask me for my drivers license and registration first. He looked right at my son and said, 'Is he ok?' And I said, 'He's not ok.'"
Ten-year-old Nick McArthur was having a life-threatening asthma attack in the backseat of his mother's car - and was struggling to breathe. His mother had been speeding towards the hospital with a gas tank that was nearly empty.
"And so a decision was made to put the child in the police car. Our firefighter was in the backseat with him giving him oxygen. We were getting him there as quick as we could - it sounded like he was having a lot of trouble."
Thankfully, and because of the help of Officer Mitchell, Nick received the medical care he so desperately needed. And the child's mother was extremely appreciative. She said to her hero in blue,
"I want to say thank you. Thank you for being empathetic, thank you for being there when I didn't think I needed anybody, but I did."
Not only did the brave and quick actions of Officer Mitchell save the life of ten-year-old Nick, but the entire scenario renewed Rhonda's faith in the Lord, as well!