“Thoughtful,” “selfless,” “classy” and “kind” – some of the words to describe the actions of Puyallup Tribal Police Officer Joseph O'Connell who recently helped a grieving mother in Tacoma.
Lindsey Othmer was already grieving over the loss of her baby boy when thieves stole her Honda Civic from South Highland Avenue. The care also served as a mobile memorial to her baby, as her son accidentally choked to death three months ago. On the back window, it had angel wings and a halo surrounded by the words “In Loving Memory” and “Isaac Matthew Nunes.”
“That car is more than material value; it is sentimental value to me, to my son to his father,” said Othmer.
Her car was eventually located at 17th and Anderson Street in Tacoma but the crooks had ripped the decal off the window. Officer O'Connell heard about what happened and turned a horrible wrong into a right. He paid to replace the artwork on the Civic and even added a memorial sticker to their other car. Fife Signs did the work. "They gave me a good discount so that was really nice of them," he said.
The car thieves have not been caught but one Washington's Most Wanted viewer summed up how may feel about Officer O'Connell's actions. "Bet you there's a lil pair of angel wings fluttering around you with pleasure. That was above and beyond. Our relationships with police in general need to be mended and hearing this share was awesomeness," said Enedina Morales.