What began as a routine traffic stop for a Sterling Heights police officer ended with an act of kindness and a T.V. installation for a resident in need of help.
The incident began when Officer Kevin Coates stopped a 79-year-old man for speeding. As the man was explaining his situation to the officer, it was clear he was having a bad day.
The driver, identified as David, explained to the officer that he had just purchased a T.V. for his wife who was in bad health and his adult son who has special needs, but didn’t know how to install it. As he was talking to the officer, he was visibly upset and began to cry.
“I really try to drive right. I bought a television today because I wanted to make the wife happy, and I can’t get it hooked up,” he told the Coates.
David said he was in the middle of driving to different stores to find the right cables and try to get help when he was pulled over.
He told the officer that his last TV was a tube television and he didn’t know how to connect the new one.
Coates decided to let him off on a warning, but not before getting his number to see if he could help solve the issue.
“My partner is real good at electronics, I can have him look at it if you want,” Coates told the man. “If I have time tonight, maybe I’ll stop by and take a look at it.”
An hour later, Coates returned with his partner, Officer Remi Verougstraete and new recruit Officer Jeremy Jakushevich. The officers then helped set up the TV and the cable, and showed David how to use the remotes.
Chief Dale Dwojakowski told Detroit News that he was proud of his officers for their community service.
“I’m very proud of Officer Coates, Officer Verougstraete, and new recruit Officer Jakushevich for going above and beyond to help our residents. This is just another example of the amazing service that the Sterling Heights Police Department provides our community,” he said.