Off-Duty Officer Uses His Fatherly Instinct to Comfort Family In Need

Alana Beard was driving her four children to school on Oct. 8 when they crashed into another car on Detroit’s west side. Lt. Joe Tucker was off-duty and driving his personal car when he saw the accident.

His instincts stepped in, especially when he noticed 10-year-old Johntez Byrd on the ground, alone. The 22-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department immediately pulled off the road to be by Johntez's side.

Tucker told WDAM, “The neighbors were tending to the other children and the young man was still sort of alone. He was crying and nervous, so I laid down next to him.”

Tucker called it “the instinct of a father, the instinct of a man, and the instinct of a human being." Tucker also asked Johntez if he wanted to watch some motorcycle videos on his phone.

Beard was so moved by what Tucker did to help her son that she found and reached out to thank him on Facebook. Beard told WDAM, “I wanted to thank him, and I wanted to let him know that we really appreciated it." Johntez added, “Thanks for helping me … thanks for letting me play with his iPhone."

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