Navy veteran and single mother gets surprise after cops pull her over



Officers help a single mother change number plate

After the police pulled over a woman for not having a front license plate, they offered to attach it for her.

A single mother already on her luck, recently got a bit of a blessing as she was pulled over recently.

Brittany Payne was driving in Bermerton, Wash. with her 15-month-old son in the back when she saw blue and red lights flashing behind her.

“I looked in my rear view mirror and saw him whip around, and I thought: ‘God, I don’t need this now. What am I doing?'” Payne told Q 13 FOX.

Bremerton police officer Steven Forbragd told the news station that he pulled Payne over because she was missing the front license plate of her car.

“She was almost in tears, pretty much,” he added. “She said she is a single mother and don’t have the tools to get the plates.”

Two other officers stopped and helped Payne install of the license plate.

One of these officers, Johnny Rivera, began talking with Payne and they are connected, both in service in the U.S. Navy. Payne said she was a gunner’s mate, while Rivera said he was a machinist’s mate.

Instead of giving Payne a penalty for not having the front license plate, Rivera gave her a $25 gift voucher from the United Way to help her buy clothes for her son.

“I thought it was a thrill to me and she definitely surprised me,” Payne told the station, adding that her interactions with the police have not always been positive.

Payne shared a photo of the ticket voucher on Facebook and raved about the police.

“I can say that I am very disappointed by the police and the court in the past situations, but this definitely restored some of my faith in the people who are there to serve and protect our community,” she wrote. “So from the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much to those currently on the shift with the BPD. You all just made my day!”

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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