Mom Pulled Over For Traffic Violation Is Left Stunned When Cop Follows Her Afterwards
Kristin Danley 4/27/2018
We've all been there -- a fever that spikes too high, a sports-related concussion, a fall off the play set. When your child is terribly sick or seriously injured, a moment of panic quickly sets in when you realize the graveness of the situation.
Mom Mindy Mathewson's little boy was terribly ill and struggling to breath in the overnight. She knew she had to seek medical assistance immediately.
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Rather than wait for an ambulance at 3 a.m., she loaded up her sweet little one-year-old son and rushed off to the hospital. She zipped across Sioux City, Iowa, focused solely on getting her son to the emergency room as quick and safely as she could.
But suddenly, she saw flashing lights in her rearview mirror. Her heart sunk when she realized she was being pulled over by a Woodbury County Sheriff's deputy.
Time was of the essence and this traffic stop was delaying medical care for her son. As Officer Kyle Cleveringa approached the vehicle, he informed Mindy that he had pulled her over because her tail light and license plate light both were out.
But she hastily informed him that her one-year-old couldn't breath and she was headed to the hospital. Was there any chance he could issue her a ticket after she arrived there and he was in the care of a doctor?
Officer Kyle Cleveringa declined. Instead, he did something so much more heartwarming that Mindy had to share their story on social media where it's gone viral.
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After briefly checking on her son's welfare in the back seat, the officer instructed her to head straight to the hospital. He followed her there, helped her carry her diaper bag into the emergency room, held her little boy while she filled out paperwork, and even gave her sick little guy a stuffed toy truck to distract him. He wasn't about to leave her alone.
"(He) was helping to comfort him by talking to him and giving him high fives."
Mindy was expecting a reprimand and a ticket with a fine. Instead, she was showered with kindness and understanding during a most difficult time by Officer Cleveringa.
"He went above and beyond and I cannot thank him enough."
She admitted that was probably the only time she was glad to have been pulled over. She contacted the sheriff's department via Facebook to make sure everyone knew how grateful she was for his assistance during such a hectic and frightening trip to the hospital.
"Could you please make sure he reads this and is made aware of how grateful we are that he pulled me over and helped me through that terrifying situation? Thank you so much Kyle! ...... P.S. My son is fine and I will fix those lights asap! Thank you again!!"
What Officer Cleveringa did was truly kind and compassionate. He assisted a desperate and frightened mom in her time of need. What a wonderful officer!