Nebraska police officer buys 3 car seats for mom in need after traffic stop

by Joel Abbott · Sep 9th, 2020 12:58 pm
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Last Updated Sep 9th, 2020 at 10:48 pm

A police officer in Bellevue, Nebraska, personally bought three car seats for a woman he had stopped over a broken tail light.

Officer Jim Severn, a 16-year law enforcement veteran, approached the woman's vehicle with another officer that he was training. While the other officer talked to the woman, Severn noticed there were three young children unsecured in the back seat.

"I mentioned there were no car seats in the back and I asked her if she was able to get the car seats," Severn said. "She was hesitant to answer my question, and then after speaking with her for a couple minutes, I said don't let your pride block you from answering the question. Can you afford car seats for your children back there? And she said no."

After returning to the station, Severn talked with his supervisor to see how he could get the woman the car seats she needed to keep her children safe. He was given the names of a few local organizations in the Omaha area that might be able to help, but decided to ultimately purchase the seats with his own money.

"After looking into it, I just felt like the quicker option was for me to just go buy the car seats for her," he said.

Severn delivered the seats to the woman's house several days later, saying the woman was gracious for the gift. He said one of the best parts of his job is to "help somebody who legitimately needs the help."

"Almost on a daily basis, officers around the country are doing something like that," said Severn. "We don't want the recognition... We want to help out people. We don't need a pat on the back constantly because we want to help the community because that's what we're part of — we're part of the community."


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