Sterling Heights executives pitch in after man’s family describes challenges
When a Michigan police officer pulled over an elderly man for speeding, he had no idea that he would be at the man’s home later that evening and helped set up a TV for the man’s family. will help.
The Sterling Heights Police Department released video of the September 30 traffic stop on Wednesday. This happened at Mount Road and 18 1/2 Mile Road.
In Video, Officer Kevin Coates contacts the driver, whom police have only identified as 79-year-old David. Coates asked David what was going on.
“Everything is going wrong,” said David, clearly distraught.
David, patting his tears, told the officer that his wife was unwell and that their adult son was mentally ill. He told the officer that he was upset because he bought a new TV to please his wife but was having trouble connecting.
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“I really try to drive right,” David told the officer. “I bought a new television today because I wanted to please my wife, you know, and I can’t add that.”
Coates lets David go with a warning and tells him that he will stop by his house that evening to help set up the TV.
About an hour later, Coates and two other officers, Remy Verougstrait and Jeremy Jaushevich, arrived at David’s home to help set up the TV and show him how to navigate the channels.
David told the officers that he was not technically savvy and that if it weren’t for the officers, he would never have been able to set up the TV on his own.
Lieutenant Mario Bastianelli praised Coates and the other officers for doing an “excellent job”.
Bastianelli told Granthshala News, “I think the world needs some more acts like this. It was a great show of a lot of law enforcement going around the country, day in and day out, that doesn’t get publicized.” “We are very proud of our officers for stepping outside the box and going above and beyond what we normally do to help our citizens.”