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79-Year-Old Man Pulled Over for Speeding, But Officer Sees Him Crying and Offers to Help Instead

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When Officer Kevin Coates with the Sterling Heights Police Department in Michigan pulled a man over for speeding on Sept. 30, he had no idea he’d end up at the man’s house an hour later, helping him connect a television — but that’s exactly what happened after an unusual series of events.

It was around 7:30 p.m. when Officer Coates made what seemed like a routine traffic stop, but when he approached the driver, he could tell the 79-year-old, known only as David, was having a difficult time.

According to the police department, David was “visibly upset and crying” as he started to tell Coates his tale.

“What’s going on tonight?” the officer can be heard saying in the dashcam video shared by the department.

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“Everything’s going wrong,” the man said, his voice cracking. “My wife’s real sick, and my son’s mentally ill. I really try to drive right.”



And then, the reason for his current distress came out: “I bought a television today because I wanted to make my wife happy, you know, and I can’t get it hooked up.”

In his attempt to brighten his ailing wife’s day, he was unable to figure out how to install the television and get it set up. He’d been going around town trying to find help to no avail.

“David was running around to different stores trying to get help but was unable to,” the department shared. “He was clearly frustrated and needed help.”

Seeing the man’s state and feeling for the elderly gentleman and his noble endeavor, the officer decided to make things personal. He gave the man a verbal warning for speeding and got the man’s contact information.

Within the hour, he showed up at David’s house with two other officers in tow to help get the television problem sorted.

“Officer Coates observed a traffic violation and through his investigation, it was determined this gentleman could use a helping hand,” the department posted on Facebook, along with the video of the interaction. “With all the obstacles in today’s world, a little compassion and understanding goes a long way. Great work officers Coates, Verougstraete & Jakushevich!”

He could have given the man a ticket and gone on his way, but he exercised his humanity and had compassion, a decision that David deeply appreciated and Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski commended.



“They all came in,” David told WDIV-TV. “They moved my TV. They set it up and in a short time they were gone. You know? I said, ‘Wow, what service.’ I didn’t expect this from the Sterling Heights Police Officers.”

“I’m very proud of Officer Coates, Officer Verougstraete, and new recruit Officer Jakushevich for going above and beyond to help our residents,” Dwojakowski said.

“This is just another example of the amazing service that the Sterling Heights Police Department provides our community.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Boat Explodes on Maiden Voyage, Onlookers Scramble in Shocking Rescue

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A man and woman had a close brush with death on Oct. 13 when their newly purchased boat exploded during its first time out in Islamadora, Florida.

Officer Bobby Dube with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Miami Herald that the couple was new to the area and had recently bought the boat. While the boat itself was no spring chicken — it was identified as a 26-foot, 1989 Carver — it was the couple’s first and last trip out on the vessel.



A nearby boater and good Samaritan was able to pick up the two after their craft exploded, and while the woman suffered some burns to her leg, the man appeared to be fine.

The dispatch report from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recorded that a 911 call came in at 2:10 p.m., and by 2:14 p.m., another caller informed them that the boat had exploded.

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That wasn’t the end of the trouble, either. The two people were rescued, but the burning wreckage drifted close to Whale Harbor Bridge and the surrounding marinas, still spewing an enormous column of black smoke.



“With the good Samaritan rescuing the two people, our biggest concern was keeping the vessel from drifting toward other boats in the area and the mangroves,” U.S. Coast Petty Officer Second Class Logan Venero with Station Islamorada said.

The smoke was so heavy it caused visibility issues on the bridge, and traffic was stopped at one point. At around 2:30 p.m., the US Coast Guard managed to tow the remains of the destroyed boat to a nearby sandbar, where they tied it to a flag to be retrieved and disposed of later by the owner.



“Station Islamorada responded to a report of a vessel fire in the vicinity of the Whale Harbor bridge,” U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamadora posted on Facebook. “A nearby Good Samaritan recovered the two people on board. The boat crew, led by Petty Officer Venero, used the … response boat’s anchor to pull the burning vessel clear of the bridge and mangroves.

“Their quick thinking averted the situation from worsening and prevented the fire from impacting traffic on Overseas Highway or spreading to the mangroves. Our crew then transported the survivors back to land where one was treated by EMS for minor burns.



“This incident is a great reminder to make sure your fire extinguishers are serviceable and accessible [in] case of emergencies.

“Photo by Petty Officer Smith of Petty Officers Jones and Sayre helping to pull the vessel burning vessel clear. Also involved were SN Zins and Petty Officer Barber, who rigged and readied the response boat’s firefighting pump.”



While it certainly wasn’t a pleasant welcome to the area for the couple, they were blessed to have made it out of the disaster with minor injuries.

The explosion caused quite a spectacle, and many locals are using it as a reminder that disasters happen when you least expect them and to make sure your emergency equipment is always at the ready.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A man and woman had a close brush with death on Oct. 13 when their newly purchased boat exploded during its first time out in Islamadora, Florida. Officer Bobby Dube with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Miami Herald that the couple was new to the area and had recently bought the boat. While the boat itself was no spring chicken — it was identified as a 26-foot, 1989 Carver — it was the couple’s first and last trip out on the vessel. A nearby boater and good Samaritan was able to pick up the two after their craft exploded, and while the woman suffered some burns to her leg, the man appeared to be fine. The dispatch report from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recorded that a 911 call came in at 2:10 p.m., and by 2:14 p.m., another caller informed them that the boat had exploded. That wasn’t the end of the trouble, either. The two people were rescued, but the burning wreckage drifted close to Whale Harbor Bridge and the surrounding marinas, still spewing an enormous column of black smoke. “With the good Samaritan rescuing the two people, our biggest concern was keeping the vessel from drifting toward other boats in the area and the mangroves,” U.S. Coast Petty Officer Second Class Logan Venero with Station Islamorada said. The smoke was so heavy it caused visibility issues on the bridge, and traffic was stopped at one point. At around 2:30 p.m., the US Coast Guard managed to tow the remains of the destroyed boat to a nearby sandbar, where they tied it to a flag to be retrieved and disposed of later by the owner. “Station Islamorada responded to a report of a vessel fire in the vicinity…

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Vicious Tweet By Alec Mocking Cop for ‘Wrongful’ Shooting Resurfaces After Baldwin Kills Woman on Set

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Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

Alec Baldwin certainly lived out this biblical proverb on Thursday.

The Hollywood veteran accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer while filming a movie in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During filming, Baldwin was required to fire a gun loaded with blanks. As it turns out, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.

So where does the Christian proverb come into play?

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Back in 2017, Baldwin excoriated a police officer for shooting a violent suspect.

“I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted along with the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the shooting.

However, the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing.

According to the Times, a Huntington Beach police officer was seen struggling with a man outside a convenience store.

Amid the struggle, the man pulled an object from the officer’s utility belt, which prompted the officer to step back and begin firing.

A bystander who captured the incident on video confirmed to the Times that the suspect started the fight after the officer approached his vehicle.

The officer was identified as Eric Esparza by The Orange County Register. Both the city of Huntington Beach and a federal judge determined the shooting was justified.

The suspect, 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, was believed to have beaten an 80-year-old man to death only three days prior.

Nevertheless, at a time when Esparza was likely at his lowest, having just been forced to kill a man, Baldwin tweeted his condemnation.

WARNING: The following contains graphic language that some readers will find offensive.

“Defend himself? By shooting the guy? What kind of a f**king idiot are you?” Baldwin wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Now, Baldwin is in nearly the same position Esparza was in four years ago. He is likely devastated at having been involved in such a tragic accident.

Hopefully, in the future, Baldwin won’t assume that every police officer involved in a shooting is either bloodthirsty or incompetent.

He now understands the pain many officers carry with them every single day.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Alec Baldwin certainly lived out this biblical proverb on Thursday. The Hollywood veteran accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer while filming a movie in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During filming, Baldwin was required to fire a gun loaded with blanks. As it turns out, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza. So where does the Christian proverb come into play? Back in 2017, Baldwin excoriated a police officer for shooting a violent suspect. I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…https://t.co/WE6QsAAXGI — AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwln____) September 23, 2017 “I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted along with the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the shooting. However, the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing. According to the Times, a Huntington Beach police officer was seen struggling with a man outside a convenience store. Amid the struggle, the man pulled an object from the officer’s utility belt, which prompted the officer to step back and begin firing. A bystander who captured the incident on video confirmed to the Times that the suspect started the fight after the officer approached his vehicle. The officer was identified as Eric Esparza by The Orange County Register. Both the city of Huntington Beach and a federal judge determined the shooting was justified. The suspect, 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, was believed to have beaten an 80-year-old man to death only three days prior. Nevertheless, at a time when Esparza was likely at his lowest, having just been forced to kill a man, Baldwin tweeted his condemnation. WARNING: The following contains graphic language that some readers will find offensive. Defend himself? By shooting the guy? What kind of a fucking idiot…

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