The loss of a child for any parent, is one of the most heartbreaking things to go through.
While out driving one day back in April, William Jazwinski checked his rear view mirror only to discover the flashing lights of a police car behind him.
His initial reaction was to pull over to see what the police officer was pulling him over for. As the police officer approached his truck, William rolled down the window wondering what he may have done wrong.
Upon speaking with the officer, he told William he had not violated any law. In fact the officer had stopped him to thank him for his military service.
William figured the officer must have seen his military bumber sticker on the back of his vehicle.
The officer then enquired where had William served with the military, and William informed him that he had spent 15 months in Iraq.
On hearing this the officer became somewhat emotional and began to open up to William.
He told William that his son had also served in Iraq but alas had lost his life over there.
William was very moved by the Officers tragic story and a real sense of sorrow beset him.
It was then that the officer notice the American flag on the dashboard of the truck. Identical to the very flag he had received when his own son had passed so tragically.
The officer then asked William an unusual question.
He enquired to William if he could get a hug!
“You remind me of my son. I pulled you over. I thought you were him. I still don’t believe it most days he’s gone,” the officer said.
This brought tears to William’s eyes as he stepped out of his truck to give the officer a great big hug.
As the two men embraced, both cried their eyes out in an emotional and long embrace.
William had been attending classes for PTSD(post traumatic stress syndrome) since he returned from Iraq. When the officer pulled him over he was returning home from the rehabilitation program and a hug was exactly what he needed.
When William arrived home he shared his encounter with the officer on his facebook page, gaining over 180,000 shares.
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