William Jawzinski wasn’t expecting his day to take such a wild turn, but when he saw the flashing lights in his rear view mirror, he prepared for the worst. He’d been pulled over before and knew the drill; wait for the police officer to come to the window, find out why the stop was happening, present documentation…but this traffic stop wasn’t routine, and in the end, he was in tears.
The officer, it turned out, had seen the bumper sticker on the back of Jawzinski’s truck that identified him as having served with United States Army. When he rolled down his window, the officer just wanted to thank him for his service, but after a brief chat, learned that the officer was grieving.
While Jawzinski had served and returned from 15 months in Iraq, the officer’s son had served and hadn’t made it home.
That’s when the officer noticed this flag on the dashboard.
Do you mind stepping out and receiving a hug. You remind me of my son. I pulled you over. I thought you were him. I still don’t believe it most days he’s gone.”
With tears in both our eyes I got out and hugged that man. I’m talking about for a minute or two crying. Down to our knees crying. I needed that.” He wrote on Facebook.
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He posted his story to bring people together.
To all the family and friends of soldiers, fighting or done fighting, God bless you. Your peace and your hearts. It’s so hard without them, I know. This road is a tremendous one. Love to all.”