Joseph Owusu is a student at Virginia Tech. As he was driving home from school late one night last week, one of the back tires blew off his little Mercedes in Rocky Mount, VA, stranding him on Route 220 South, a busy highway. Before long, Virginia State Police officer Matt Oakes pulled up behind him and approached his car. Joseph's mother, Dr. Nadu Owusu, remembers what happened next. "This kind officer didn't ask if his Mercedes was stolen, but rather got on his knees to help replace his tire." Since the tire was stuck on the wheel, Trooper Oakes positioned his well-lit cruiser to make sure other drivers were aware of Joseph's stranded car as AAA responded.
Even after AAA came, Trooper Oakes stayed to be sure the repair was complete and young Joseph was safe. "There's a lot of good in this world, and people want to hear positive stories," Dr. Owusu said. "As far as I was concerned, there was good person waiting with my son. There's a lot of good in America and that needs to be heard. Police need our support."