Officer offers to drive grieving man 100 miles to be with family after sister's death

By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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TROY, Ohio - An Ohio law enforcement official is making headlines for his heartwarming act of kindness for a grieving man who had just learned about his sister's death.

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According to "Inside Edition," Mark Ross found early Sunday that his teenage sister had died in a car crash. Ross, who doesn't have a car, asked an acquaintance to drive him from Indiana to Detroit to be with his family.

"Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit," Ross wrote in a Facebook post that has been shared nearly 85,000 times. "And we got pulled over in Ohio."

Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post Lt. Joe Gebhart told WHIO-TV that Sgt. David Robison pulled the vehicle over for speeding on Interstate 75, just south of Piqua.

Unfortunately, the driver had a suspended license and "ended up getting locked up," Ross told "Inside Edition." The car was towed.

Ross was worried that he'd go to jail, too, because of an outstanding petty warrant in Wayne County, Michigan, but officials there refused to pick him up because of the distance, Ross wrote on Facebook.

"I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP," Ross wrote. "I broke down crying, and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He reaches over and began praying over me and my family."

 

 

At 3am I got a phone call stating that my sister had been killed in a car accident due to some young dumb punk! I haven'...

Posted by Mark E Ross on Sunday, September 25, 2016

 

That officer, identified as Sgt. David Robison, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, offered to drive Ross 100 miles to Detroit, Ross said. He instead asked troopers to drive him to the Miami County Jail, Gebhart said, where friends or family picked him up to drive him the rest of the way to Michigan.

"Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly grateful for this guy," Ross wrote on Facebook. "He gave me hope."

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