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A “boost” of hope!

Leslie Brown

I don’t have to tell y’all it’s harder than ever to make a living. Geez, I look back to the 80’s when I had far less education, yet was so much more prosperous (despite sporting “acid-washed” jeans).

Grace is getting what we don’t deserve, and mercy is NOT getting what we do deserve. Officer Ben Hall of Emmett Township, Michigan recently extended both grace and mercy, making a child safer, and perhaps giving a young mother the encouragement to soldier on for a bit longer.

Officer Hall conducted a traffic stop on young mother Alexis DeLorenzo. He noticed that her daughter in the back seat was restrained with a seat-belt, however not the required booster seat for her small size.

Thanks to DeLorenzo’s forthrightness and honesty about her financial situation and inability to purchase the booster seat, Hall asked her to meet him at a local Walmart, where he purchased the seat for the child himself. Thank you Officer Hall for truly “walking the walk” in his commitment to “protect and to serve”.

“A ticket doesn’t solve the situation,” Hall told WXMI-TV. “What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be.” Hall instructed DeLorenzo to meet him at the local Walmart. There, instead of writing her a ticket, he purchased a booster seat for her. DeLorenzo was overwhelmed by the officer’s understanding and compassion. Hall didn’t seem fazed; he said, “It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent.”

~Officer Hall

Said DeLorenzo of Hall:

“He did his job and above and beyond that, just to protect a little girl and to help a family that can’t help themselves right now.”

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