Have you ever wanted a job so badly that you would do just almost anything to get it? That’s what happened when 22-year-old Ka’Shawn Baldwin borrowed a car and drove with expired plates to get to a job interview. On the way, he was pulled over by a police officer, who ended up helping him instead of giving him a ticket. Read on to see how the young man crushed his interview after receiving a ride from the kind-hearted police officer.
Ka’Shawn Baldwin had a golden opportunity that he wasn’t going to miss: a job interview with FedEx. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the means to get there on his own. In April 2019, he ended up borrowing a friend’s car to drive himself to his interview in East Saint Louis, Missouri. However, while he was on the way, his car was spotted by Cahokia Police Department officer Roger Gemoules. Not only did the car have expired tags, but its driver didn’t even have a valid license.
Noticing this, Gemoules was forced to do his job and to pull the illegal vehicle over. Baldwin told the officer that the only way that he could get a new job was if he used his buddy’s car to drive there. Gemoules informed television station KSDK that, “He was polite when I pulled him over and he seemed like a good young man, so I wanted to give him a chance. I knew if I gave him a bunch of tickets and towed his car, it would be tough to recover from.”
Stroke Of Luck
When Baldwin got pulled over, he thought that his dreams of working as a package handler at FedEx were over. In an interview with CNN, he stated that “I thought it was over. The main thing that was running through my mind [was] I’m fixin’ to miss the job interview and get the car towed that wasn’t even mine.” Little did he know that his run-in with Officer Gemoules would actually be a brilliant stroke of luck.
Since Gemoules couldn’t let Baldwin continue to drive his vehicle, he followed him as he took the car to a safe location and left it there. Then, the police officer drove the young man to his job interview at FedEx. Even though he was a few minutes late, he ended up nailing his interview and landing the job. In addition to FedEx, Baldwin also works at McDonald’s, where he rides the bus 90 minutes to get there and back. His goal is to earn enough money to retrieve his license, to purchase his own car, and to buy his own house someday. He plans to continue taking the bus in the meantime.
Brothers In Blue
This unique experience definitely changed Baldwin’s perspective towards the police. He shared that, “I never looked at police in a negative manner or in a positive manner. I never looked at them in any manner. But this just made me give them more respect than I did before.” He wrote a Facebook message to Gemoules to thank him for his act of kindness. Gemoules was also lauded by the mayor of Cahokia. The mayor’s assistant Francella Jackson posted photos of Balwin and Gemoules to Facebook with the caption, “On behalf of Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community-oriented policing actually works.” The post went viral, receiving 42,000 likes and 12,000 shares. Gemoules’ good intentions are proof that black lives really do matter to brothers in blue.
Social media response has been overwhelmingly positive!
Facebook user Denise Thimes sent kudos, “Awesome. Great work Officer!”
Facebook user Sheryl Sterling praised, “Aaaaaaaaaaw! That made my heart smile! ? #heartwarming”
Facebook user Alfred Duckett joked, “glory Hallelujah I hope he stops me the next time cause I aint had insurance in 2 years”
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