Getting pulled over by the police can be a nerve-racking experience.
But when Florida resident Brittani Perez was pulled over for speeding in October 2017, she wasn’t necessarily worried about the police officer or the consequences of her speeding—she was concerned about her children.
However, instead of causing her even more worry the deputy eased her nerves in a way she never could have anticipated.
In October 2017, the Perez family was going through a difficult time.
When Brittani got pulled over her family was in the middle of a difficult period. According to ABC Action News, they had been evicted from their home the week before, she had recently had surgery and was still recovering, and her husband, Bernardo Sr., worked nights to try and pay the bills.
So, when Deputy Donnie Rizer pulled Brittani over it was like the icing on top of the cake.
“All I could think was awesome,” she told ABC Action News. “I just got pulled over and here’s probably a $200 ticket at least.”
When Deputy Donnie Rizer approached Brittani he had no idea about her situation until he looked inside her car.
It wasn’t until Rizer poked his head into Brittani’s car that he realized something might be going on with the family.
He noticed that Brittani’s 11-year-old son was in the car and he was upset. When he inquired why her son was upset, Brittani said that he was being bullied at school because he didn’t have the right pants.
“He held up a pair of torn and tattered pants and that was all he had,” Rizer said.
The deputy took notice of Brittani and her children’s situation and wanted to do something for them.
According to WFLA, Rizer took down Brittani’s contact information and told her he’d be in contact with her later that day.
Working together with another police officer, Deputy John Hajj, Rizer arranged to purchase the Perez children two new sets of uniforms, shoes, and a backpack for each.
They even managed to give Brittani a full tank of gas.
Rizer arranged to give Brittani’s children new clothes.
So proud of Deputy Rizer and Hajj, encountered a family in need during a traffic stop, and they took action to help! pic.twitter.com/MeP64spkzI
— Chad Chronister (@ChadChronister) October 12, 2017
The Perez family was shocked at Rizer’s kindness, but extremely grateful.
“I thought it was amazing. It was weird. I was like why did they do this,” said Bernardo Jr.
The deputy was more than happy to help the Perez family.
“It’s been bred in us since we were hired at the Sheriff’s Office, community first, community first,” Rizer said. “I just wanted to look past that traffic stop for this family and I think it worked out pretty well for them.”
And the community first attitude didn’t stop there. The deputies reportedly visited Bernardo Jr. the following day at school and had lunch with him.