Officer gives struggling mom car seat instead of ticket

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EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Michigan police officer has gained much attention after a traffic stop last week — and for all the right reasons.

Officer Ben Hall, with the Emmett Township Public Safety Department, was responding to a call of a child riding in a car without a car seat when he met young mom Alexis DeLorenzo and her 5-year-old daughter.

“When I spoke to [DeLorenzo] she was very forthcoming and knew that the child should be in a booster seat. She admitted that she was wrong and that she had recently fallen on hard times.”

The young mom was traveling in a friend’s car. She said she’s been living paycheck to paycheck and recently had her car repossessed with her daughter’s booster seat inside.

Instead of ticketing DeLorenzo, Hall told the mom to meet him at a nearby Walmart so he could buy a booster seat for her daughter.

“A ticket doesn’t solve the situation. What solves it, is the child being in a booster seat like she she should be. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent,” Hall said.
He said the selfless move is something that anyone in his position would do and he in no way expects to be paid back.

“It is a pay-it-for situation completely,” he said.

DeLorenzo said the generous officer gave her some much-needed hope with his selfless act, which she says changed her life.

“For a police officer that could have just given me a ticket, and gotten me in a whole lot of trouble, he out of the kindness of his own heart and out of his own pockets did something for me and my family that I’m never gonna forget,” she said.

“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.”

DeLorenzo added that she hoped to “pay it forward” too once she’s back on her feet.