Huntsville Police Officer Charles Draper was traveling down the road when he spotted a woman sitting in her car while curiously stopped along the shoulder. After seeing that she clearly looked upset, he pulled over to see how he could help, but he soon found himself involved in far more than he was expecting.
Johnni Chevonne Adams described her awful day on Facebook, explaining that the morning had gotten off to a really rough start. Seemingly everything that could go wrong did, ending with her stranded on the Parkway with her two children in tow. Both her son and daughter had different places they needed to be, as well as Johnni. The frustration of nothing going as planned came to a head, as she had no way of getting where she needed to go.
With tears in her eyes as she awaited the tow truck, Officer Draper pulled up behind her car and came to the anguished mom’s window. No sooner had she rolled it down for him, she found herself unloading the stresses of her morning to this suited stranger. That moment of raw emotion led to something Johnni will never forget.
Draper told the mother to get into his patrol car, then he buckled her kids in the back seat. For the next stretch of time, the cop acted as this stressed out mom’s personal chauffeur, easing her worries by running her son to daycare and daughter to school, on opposite ends of town. “Officer Draper helped me safely get my children into his car, drove my son to daycare (and gave him a stuffed animal!), drove my daughter to school, and got me to work on time!” Johnni wrote in her post of the situation, before describing something else special he did for her that really was the icing on the cake.
“He made me laugh the entire time, really taking the edge off of the frustration I was feeling,” she added. With her post, she included an endearing photo of her kids in the patrol car with the cop, each with a beaming grin on their faces. “This guy is a class act. You can tell he truly loves to serve his community. I am so impressed. Thanks, Officer Draper! You rock!” the very appreciative mother concluded.
We have all had those days where nothing is going right, and truthfully, the last thing you want to see is a cop coming up behind you, assuming your day is about to take a turn for the worst. Draper proved that all officers really want to do is make it better, and they will go above and beyond for citizens in their communities, who they swore an oath to serve and protect.
Draper could have simply done the basics of what he needed to do, making sure that she was safe and that the tow truck got there. Nobody would have judged him for it either, but he did better than that, taking a load off her shoulders and driving Johnni’s family around because of his own thoughtfulness and sincere care for his community.