Officer Roger Gemoules was patrolling the streets of Cahokia when he pulled over Ka' Shawn Baldwin who was on his way for a job interview. Baldwin was driving a car with expired license plates as well as having a driver's license which was also expired.
There are some days when you know everything is going to be just right for you no matter how badly the day started at first. A man in Illinois was on his way for a job interview but he was in a rather precarious position - for one, his driving license had expired, and another he was driving another person's car that had expired number plates. We are pretty sure that Ka'Shawn Baldwin, the 22-year-old, was praying on his way to the interview that everything would go okay. But to his initial misfortune, he was pulled over by Roger Gemoules, a resource officer for Cahokia High School, who was also on duty that day. However, on learning of Baldwin's situation, not only did he decided to help him out by not giving him a ticket, but he also went a step further and offered to take drive him for the interview himself reports CNN. Baldwin is one heck of a lucky man.
Baldwin had apparently borrowed the car to go for the interview and explained his plight to the officer. He told Gemoules that he was on his way to a job interview and didn't have any other way to get there. Gemoules was a kind-hearted soul who knew that compassion and helping a person in need was bigger than his duty to enforce the law. He could have simply brushed Baldwin's request aside since he was clearly on the wrong side of the law.
We could probably think of worse situations that Baldwin could have been in but he had a guardian angel looking over him. Speaking about the encounter and his first thoughts on being pulled over, Baldwin said, "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."
Gemoules had been on duty that day because the school was closed for spring break. Gemoules recalled, "He was very respectful when I pulled him over and you could just tell -- I could feel that he really was wanting to get to this job interview." While helping Baldwin, Gemoules did not forget his own duty as an officer. He dropped off the car Baldwin was driving in at a safe place. Then, he drove him to the interview. Talk about doing everything right! Hats off to this officer.
Baldwin said, "I was a few minutes late, but I made it. I was grateful, I was thankful." And to top off this heartwarming story, Baldwin got the job. Later, Francella Jackson, assistant to Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr, heard about the story and shared it on her Facebook account and thanked Gemoules. She wrote about the entire story and highlighted how instead of "issuing him a ticket" Gemoules took Baldwin for the interview and got the job.
She wrote, "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." Speaking with CNN McCall said, "I'm very proud of Officer Gemolus and the outstanding judgment and decision making that he used in helping this young man." While Baldwin already has one job, KSDK reported that Baldwin's new job is now as a package handler for Fedex in Sauget.
Baldwin's first job is with a McDonald's outlet in Belleville. He takes the bus to his job which is a 90-minute ride from his home in East St. Louis. Baldwin said he's happy to have a second job as he needs the money to buy a car, get his license back, and hopefully buy a home. Baldwin and officer Gemoules' story has been shared and commented on thousands of times. Tina Radford-Tutton wrote on Jackson's post: "Way too go Officer G...... There's still Some officers left with GOODNESS and Humanity in their Hearts"