When struggling father, LaVonte Dell, was pulled over while driving in Westland, Michigan one Monday afternoon, the only thing he could think about was the cost of the ticket he was about to get. His vehicle has tinted windows to keep the sunlight from heating up the car too quickly, but they were a little too dark, he admits. After this encounter, he wants everyone to know that “there are still real-life superheroes in this world.”
Officer Joshua Scaglione pulled the car over for having heavily tinted windows…but that’s when he noticed that Dell’s young daughter was in the backseat without a car seat. At just 3-years-old, she was much too small to be sitting without a booster. He asked Dell to step out of the vehicle so that they could have a chat and find out what was going on. Dell explained that he didn’t have enough money for a car seat for his daughter after running into tough times, like many of us do from time to time.
Officer Scaglione made a decision right there and asked Dell to follow him to Wal-Mart. He wanted to buy the little girl a car seat of her very own. Dell couldn’t believe it, and as the two walked around the store, they got to know each other. The officer purchased a car seat for the girl, who was excited because it had butterflies on it, and the two parted ways – without issuing the man a ticket.
A ticket wouldn’t have helped at the time, and because Dell was already planning on fixing the problem, he would have been more in debt and still not have had enough for a car seat. Officer Scaglione went above and beyond for a member of his community that day, and his actions have gone VIRAL. He just wants everyone who hears the story to “pay it forward.”