Megan Nierman Ozkaraca suffers from an terrible affliction that affects many drivers all around the world – she was born with a lead foot. In other words, the poor woman had a propensity for pushing the gas pedal a little bit harder than was good for her, which is why she got stopped by a cop for speeding in Indiana one day.
Unfortunately, a speeding ticket was the least of her worries. Her car’s tags were expired, which meant she was driving around town illegally. After the pretty mom asked if the officer would go easy on her, she was surprised at the man’s response. She was even more stunned when a couple of weeks later, he tracked her down to give her a message!
Megan was super nervous because she hadn’t renewed her car registration, and admits to having “single mom probs.” She received no child support, and her ex-husband lives in another country anyways, plus with the cost of daycare and just life in general, paying for her plates was at the bottom of her to-do list. On her Facebook page, Megan said:
“He asked me where I work, I told him I have a good job at Ulta Beauty but it’s still tough-obviously. He went to his car and came back with a ticket and an explanation: he could technically impound my car, but if I could take care of the plates within a week, I could email him and he would destroy the ticket. When my boyfriend found out about it he snuck money into my wallet to take care of it—anyone that knows me knows I don’t like to ask for help.”
Even with a boyfriend and a couple of kids in the picture, that didn’t stop Sgt. Evan Love of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department from keeping tabs on Megan. He definitely had something up his sleeve, and wouldn’t stop until he got the message across.
Megan did as she was told, and after paying the renewal fee on her car registration, she dutifully emailed Officer Love to thank him for his kindness and understanding. He immediately replied:
“OK great! I know it was tough for you to do but I appreciate you taking care of it. I was worried someone else would stop you and tow your car before you were able to get it fixed. I really did feel bad writing you the ticket because I didn’t want it to make things worse for you, so I’m grateful you got it renewed. I hope things turn around for you, it sounded like you have a ton of things on your plate right now. Good luck to you and try to stay positive! Take care, Evan”
That should have been the end of her contact with this cop, but he just wouldn’t let it go. When a couple approached Megan while she was at work, she assumed they needed an appointment and asked what she could do to help. She didn’t recognize Sgt. Love since he was not in uniform, but she as soon as he spoke Megan knew he had tracked her down!
The nervous mom was thankful when she found out that she wasn’t actually in any trouble. The officer handed her a Christmas card with something to help her through the holidays. After he left, Megan peeked inside and discovered a Target gift card for $300!
“To say it made my day is an understatement. Not only because of the help it will give me and my daughter, but because it showed me that kindness can come from anywhere at anytime from the most unlikely place.”
The single mom admits to being defensive around cops, but she soon came to realize that acts of kindness on the part of police officers happen more often than not, they just don’t always get they recognition they deserve.
“I tend to get a little defensive with some officers…maybe it’s the way some officers treat others or maybe it’s my independent nature. This officer was by far one of the kindest most real I’ve ever encountered. I’d venture to say he puts many of the others to shame. He treated me with respect, like a true human being even though I was breaking the law.”
As for Sgt. Love, he doesn’t think what he did was anything out of the ordinary. He knows guys in his department that do stuff like this all day, every day. Buying a homeless person a meal, giving stuck commuters a ride, and filling empty tanks with gas is all a part of their job. In the end, he says that not all policemen are bad.