An Ohio patrolman who went the distance—literally—has changed one motorist’s perception of law enforcement.
Mark Ross was a passenger in a car en route to Detroit, Michigan from Indiana when they were pulled over for a speeding violation in Ohio on Sept. 25. It was just a few hours prior at 3 a.m. when Ross learned his 15-year-old sister was killed in a car crash, and was rushing home to be by his family’s side.
According to Inside Edition, Trooper J. Davis pulled their car over for speeding at about 100 mph. When it was learned that the driver’s license was suspended and Ross had an outstanding warrant, Davis towed the vehicle.
Ultimately left stranded, Ross had no clue how to reach his destination—until Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant David Robison arrived.
When Robison arrived and heard about Ross’s unfortunate circumstances surrounding the death of his younger sibling, Robison prayed for the young man and offered a helping hand.
Robison decided to drive Ross 100 miles to Detroit so he’d be able to grieve alongside his family. Robison dropped Ross off at a coffee shop in Detroit where his cousin picked him up.
Ross recounted the events in a Facebook post, expressing gratitude for the officer’s generosity. Ross also said the events changed his perception of officers.
“He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle. Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful (sic) for this Guy. He gave me hope,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
The post had over 100,000 shares as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Ross’ mother Jamika Mcclain established a GoFundMe page, asking for donations to help offset the funeral costs.
“I’m asking for a donation at this time to help support the burial of my baby,” Mcclain wrote on crowdfunding page. “The support would be gladly appreciated with love. Thank you all.”
The family have invited Robison to the funeral, which he plans to attend.