A random act of kindness by a Virginia police officer has social media buzzing. The mother of Virginia Tech student Joseph Owusu, 20, took to Facebook to praise the actions of state trooper Matt Oaks, who late last week stopped to help her son who was stranded late at night on the side of the road.
Oaks pulled up and positioned his squad car so that Owusu was safe from oncoming tractor trailers and began to help replace a blown out tire. When the officer determined the tire could not be fixed, he called for roadside assistance.
Dr. Nada Owusu (Joseph’s mom) drove from their home in Danville, Virginia, to where her son was stranded on highway 220 in the southern part of the state. When she arrived, she discovered Oaks still with Joseph in the early hours of the morning.
Her Facebook post about the officer’s kindness has gone viral, with over 22,000 shares as of Wednesday morning. She wrote:
Facebook friends, join me in expressing my gratitude to God and to Officer Okes, Matt a Virginia State Police officer. I took this picture at 2am in the middle of nowhere. My son had his back tire blown off his car last night on his way home from School. This kind officer approached him didn’t ask if the little Mercedes was stolen but rather got on his knees to replace his tire. When his effort failed he stayed with my son all night till we arrived at 1am with triple A. He provided all the needed protection especially from those tractor trailers till we were done by 2 am and till drove behind us for a while before exiting . Today I salute officer Okes! He is our hero and our “Good Samaritan.”
“There’s a lot of good in this world and people want to hear positive stories,” Dr. Owusu, who is a pediatrician in Danville, told local CBS affiliate WTVR. “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.”
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h/t: The Blaze