"My heart dropped in my stomach," Dell told Fox 2. "I thought I was going to get hammered with tickets, more stress, more bills."
When Officer Joshua Scaglione approached Dell's vehicle, he noticed that Dell's three-year-old daughter was not in a car seat.
"I asked him, 'Why do you have your kids in the back without a car seat?' and he's like, 'I can't afford it," said Scaglione. "So I took him out of the car, separated him from his family and asked him what's going on. He's like, 'Bills are building up, overtaking my income, and I can't afford a car seat right now.'"
After a short roadside conversation, Officer Scaglione told Dell to get back in his car and follow him to a nearby Walmart. Once there, Scaglione bought Dell a car seat with his own money to help Dell out and ensure his daughter would stay safe in the car. Before Dell could properly thank Scaglione, or even ask his name, the officer drove off and disappeared.
Later that day, Dell wrote a lengthy Facebook post about the encounter in which he expressed his deep gratitude to the anonymous Westland police officer. The post quickly went viral, and eventually came to the attention of the Westland Police Department, who had no idea that the incident had occurred since Officer Scaglione neglected to tell anyone about it. A few days after their first meeting, Dell and Scaglione were re-united and Dell was able to thank the officer once again for his generosity.