He was minding his own business and simply driving when something strange happened. He caught sight of a police car tailing him! It’s normal to get nervous when something like this happens to you. But what could be going on?
There’s nothing worse than looking in your rear-view mirror and seeing a police car following you closely. The feeling that you’re about to get asked to step out of your car and get an expensive ticket is a scary thing. However, it tends to happen a little too often. Sometimes drivers are stopped for things other than speeding.
Normally, we panic immediately because we’re expecting a ticket at any moment. We do our very best to avoid this kind of situation, however, there are times when we get pulled over for different reasons. This is exactly what happened to William Jazwinski.
He Got Pulled Over
When William was casually driving around the town, he suddenly got pulled over by a police officer for seemingly no reason. The young man was confused – he wasn’t aware that he was doing something wrong.
Shaking In His Boots
He always made sure to drive well, and he had never gotten so much as a ticket, let alone been in an accident. He genuinely couldn’t understand why he was being stopped. He never would have expected what happened next when the cop got out of his car.
The police officer got out of his patrol car and walked towards him slowly. He looked at him for a few seconds, and then glanced at the car’s dashboard. This was definitely not going to be your normal interaction.
A Cop Car
William looked out through his rear-view mirror and saw the red, white, and blue flashing lights. He knew full well what this meant, and his suspicions were confirmed when he heard the siren begin to wail, like a warning sign.
What’s To Come
His heart began racing, a million questions running through his mind in a frenzy. Still, he couldn’t make sense of what was happening or understand why he was being pulled over at all. He was trying to calm himself down when the police officer came over to his window.
He couldn’t help but feel so confused. After all, he knew he was definitely not speeding or doing anything remotely illegal. All the same, the only thing he could do was hear what the police officer had to say.
The Waiting Game
It made absolutely no sense to William. He had never once been pulled over before. Why on earth was this cop pulling him over now? He became frustrated by what was happening because he was a law-abiding citizen.
There was no way he wouldn’t disobey the orders given to him by the cop. And so, he pulled over to the side and waited for the police officer to tell him what he needed to. It felt like he waited a lifetime for the cop to finally get to his car.
Asking The Question
When the cop reached his car, he opened his window and greeted the officer. William asked why he was getting pulled over, wondering if he had been speeding and didn’t realize it. “Good morning officer, was I speeding?” he said.
He did his best to respect the cop as he was an authority figure. He didn’t want to cause any kind of trouble. However, he also wasn’t sure about the reason he got pulled over in the first place. In a calm and polite tone, he went on with his question.
What’s The Hold-Up
Again, it felt as if an eternity had passed before the police officer answered his question. It looked like he was taking his time and was in no rush to respond to William. But what did he say to him? Why did he pull him over?
William was so surprised when he heard the cop tell him that he wasn’t getting a ticket at all. To be fair, he really wasn’t but was surprised all the same. “Good morning,” the police officer said to him. “No, not speeding.”
In fact, the police officer then went on to tell him that he didn’t get pulled over for any specific reason. This only made William even more confused about the whole thing, leading to an awkward silence between the two men.
What Could It Be
If he wasn’t pulled over for a specific reason, then why was William pulled over at all? He was getting nervous and slightly scared as well. There had to be some reason for the police officer to stop him in the middle of the day.
An Unexpected Outing
Hesitantly, William waited for the cop to say what he wanted to. He was so confused, he got impatient, but still waited. Finally, the police officer told him something that took him by complete surprise. This was definitely not what he expected to hear.
Just Thanking Him
As it turns out, the police officer pulled William over because he had something he wanted to say to him. “Just wanted to stop you and say thank you for your service,” the officer explained to him.
How Did He Know?
What kind of service was the officer thanking William for? And how did he even know that the young man had ever done any service at all? William was getting more and more confused by the minute.
Did They Know Each Other?
William was more than shocked that this random police officer would know something like that when the two had never even met before. Had they known each other in the past or something? Maybe they did and William simply forgot?
His Bumper Sticker
Then it clicked: William realized the reason the officer knew about his service. He had forgotten about the bumper sticker he had on the back of his pickup truck. Anyone who saw it would immediately know that he had previously served in the army.
A lot of times, army veterans put stickers on their cars. For William, it’s not uncommon that another driver will wave or honk their horn as a way to thank him for his service. However, he had never been stopped by a policeman for this reason.
As soon as he realized this, he warmly thanked the police officer. “Oooh the bumper sticker, nice. You’re welcome sir,” he said. “My pleasure.” However, this wasn’t the end of their encounter. Actually, it was only the beginning for these two.
Just The Beginning
William was fully ready for the conversation to end there, only the police officer didn’t let him go just yet. He never saw this coming – and neither did we, for that matter. What happened next was a beautiful moment that was exchanged between the two.
A Few Questions
The police officer kept William there for a little longer. He had a couple of questions for the young veteran. Specifically, the cop wanted to know where he was posted during his service. “Where did you serve?”
Something Seems Fishy
At first, William couldn’t help but feel skeptical about what was happening. He was able to tell that this wasn’t a police officer’s job to ask him about his military service. Did he give him an answer, though?
About His Service
William ended up giving the cop the answer to his question by telling him he was a heavy wheeled vehicle operator. He added that he had just gotten back from a country in the Middle East.
Wants To Move On
“I went to Iraq,” William responded. “Did a 15 monther out of Fort Benning.” All he wanted to do was go back to his normal civilian life, so he didn’t expect to get pulled over to get asked about his time in the army.
Not Making Sense
However, the police officer did, in fact, have a reason to be curious about William’s time in Iraq. William had no clue as to why this cop was asking him so much about his military service and it made him nervous.
His Own Motive
It seemed to William like the cop was simply interested in his service and he couldn’t understand why he needed to pull him over for this. However, in reality, the police officer had very different motives of his own.
Like His Son
It was at that moment when the officer told William that he had a son who also served there recently. He said, “Well alright. My son went to Iraq”. This was the real reason the cop pulled over William in the first place.
Seeing Things Differently
All the police officer wanted was to learn more about someone who experienced the same things his son did during his service. He later told William more about the time his son spent in Iraq. It made William see things rather differently.
Change Of Heart
William didn’t feel confused or scared anymore. Instead, he began to understand the officer. However, he had just finished a PTSD program and it was still a new thing for him to talk about his experiences he went through during the war.
He Died There
The conversation took a shocking turn after this. What the police officer told William next gave him quite the shock. He thought he had it all figured out and then he was given unexpected news. It’s safe to say he hadn’t expected this when he woke up that morning.
His son died while on duty. “He didn’t make it home,” the officer said to William. Clearly, he struggled to get the words out of his mouth. It was so sad, it broke William’s heart. All he could do at that point was simply listen.
He couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the policeman. He was thinking of this cop who lost his son in Iraq while he was just out there enjoying life as usual once he got back to America.
There wasn’t much the veteran could do other than express his condolences for this grieving father. “Man, I’m so sorry to hear that,” he said softly. After this, the cop regained his composure and almost let William go when he saw something on the dashboard.
His Folded Flag
As the policeman picked up his head and almost let the young man go, he saw something resting on the dashboard of the car that caught his attention. It was a US flag that was deliberately folded.
When there is a funeral of a US Military soldier, an American flag is lowered and folded 13 times into a triangle, to represent the lost lives of served soldiers. Each fold of the flag signifies something else.
Caught His Eye
“I see you have a flag in the truck,” the policeman said. William had folded it in an army custom meant to honor the fallen soldiers who fought for the country. But what was it about the flag that caught the cop’s attention?
Just Like That
The moment he saw the folded flag on the dashboard, he thought about the same one he had at home. It was given to him by the army in memory of his deceased son who served in the military.
He Has The Same One
“The one we got for him! Well, it’s at the house,” the police officer said. It was then when he asked William for a favor. “Can I ask a question?” William didn’t hesitate and said yes. This question took him by surprise.
Out For A Spin
On that beautiful spring day, William woke up early and decided to take his pickup truck for a relaxed ride. It was his day off, so he was free to do whatever he wanted to that day.
William liked the idea of driving down a quiet New York street, with no traffic stopping him or getting in his way. That was when he looked in the rear-view mirror and saw the cop car on his tail.
Asking For A Hug
At that moment, the police officer nervously asked William to step out of his pickup truck and embrace him. “Do you mind stepping out and receiving a hug?” the sad police officer asked the young veteran.
Knew He Was Upset
While he was initially surprised by this request, William thought about it. It wasn’t every day that you get pulled over by a police officer who then asked you to hug them. He was able to tell the cop was upset, though.
Couldn’t Say No
There was no doubt that this was not a regular situation. After asking the question, the police officer burst into tears and told William something that made a serious impact on him. He was left with no choice in the matter.
The Reason Why
As tears were falling down the police officer’s face, he bared his soul to the young man. He then explained to William that he got pulled over because he and his son looked very alike physically.
A Constant Reminder
“You remind me of my son. I pulled you over,” the policeman said. “Thought you were him. I still don’t believe it most days he’s gone.” All William could do was oblige the request and give the poor man a hug.
A Warm Embrace
At that point, William couldn’t hold back tears either. As he got out of his car, he opened his arms and “hugged that man.” He later recounted, “With tears in both our eyes I got out and hugged that man.”