Milwaukee Police Department officer Kevin Zimmermann was on patrol when he saw a car with an invalid registration driven by mom Andrella Jackson, stated Jason Duaine Hahn of celebrity and human interest news site People and Evan Peterson of television station Fox6Now. Zimmerman saw three kids at the back of the car, and two of them “were very young.”
He told the news outlet, “Didn’t notice any car seats or any restraints. Clearly, they weren’t wearing seat belts because they’re jumping around back there waving at me.” Jackson said she purchased her car from an auction and she hadn’t had time to register the vehicle. The mom-of-three could also not afford to buy car seats.
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Jackson explained to Fox6Now, “With bills coming up and winter coming up. I got to get coats and boots and shoes and stuff, so it was kind of hard for me.” Zimmerman, who is a father to three children, empathized with Jackson, according to Shaun Gallagher of NBC-affiliated television station WTMJ. He thought of his own kids jumping around in the car. He said, “What if a car hit them and they flew and got seriously hurt, if not killed?”
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Zimmerman decided not to give Jackson a ticket after hearing her story. Instead, the kind Milwaukee officer bought car seats with his own money from Walmart, spending $75 for seats for Jackson’s two youngest children and installing them in her vehicle. Zimmerman told Jackson, “I got these for you and your kids so your kids can be safe and you don’t have to worry about at least this part of the situation you’re in,” as reported by WTMJ.
Jackson and her kids kept thanking Zimmerman for his kindness. As expected, the Milwaukee Police Department lauded the officer for going beyond the call of duty in a post on Facebook. Zimmerman remarked, “I didn’t do this to be praised or ‘atta boy’ or anything like that. I did it because I’m a parent and I want nothing to happen to these kids.”