William was going about his business on a normal day, he was pulled over by a police officer. It was immediately obvious the cop was pulling him over, but what happened next shocked him.
As the officer approached his window, William greeted him, then asked if he had been speeding.
But apparently, he wasn’t pulled over for any violation and the officer just wanted to stop him to say thank you.
“Good morning,” the officer replied. “No, not speeding. Just wanted to stop ya and say thank you for your service.”
Jazwinski remembered the bumper sticker on his vehicle that identified him as a member of the military and began chatting with the officer about his military service.
The officer suddenly noticed a folded American flag resting on Jazwinski’s dashboard. It was identical to the flag the military gave him when his own son passed away while serving in the military.
After finding out that William had served in Iraq, the cop opened up and revealed that his son had also fought in Iraq. However, he never made it home.
It was at this moment that the police officer decided to ask William for an odd request. He asked William for a hug.
“You remind me of my son. I pulled you over. I thought you were him. I still don’t believe it most days he’s gone,” the officer said.
William teared up and got out of his truck to give the officer the hug he had asked for.
But it was no ordinary hug. The two men cried and hugged, hard and long.
William took to Facebook to share the emotional moment he had with the wonderful police officer. He also ends his post with gratitude and love, saying:
“To all the family and friends of soldiers, fighting or done fighting, God bless you. Your peace and your hearts. Its so hard without them, i know. This road is a tremendous one. Love to all.”
So, while we thank our military members — past, present, and future — we also extend our gratitude to their family members who know that their loved one might not make it home — just like this police officer’s son. Thank God, his path crossed with veteran William Jazwinski at a moment that it sounds like they both needed it most.