There probably have been more than a few tears spilled after an encounter with a state trooper, especially one that caught a driver going 85 mph in a 70-mph zone.
But few cases match the tears of gratefulness like those of Sarosh Ashraf Janjua, a doctor who works out of New York but also had duties in Minnesota.
She, in fact, wrote on social media that, “I burst into tears.”
After all, instead of a well-deserved ticket, the officer, Trooper Brian Schwartz, gave her a handful of much-sought-after N95 masks.
In the Star-Tribune, patrol spokesman Gordon Shank, explained, “Trooper Schwartz said he heard there was a shortage of personal protective equipment and thought (the doctor) could use the extra masks.”
The trooper did tell her that really, she should know better.
After giving the physician the masks that had been issued for his own protection during the coronavirus pandemic.
On her social media, Janjua explained, “I burst into tears. I think he teared up a little as well before wishing me well and walking away.”
According to the report, she continued, “This complete stranger, who owed me nothing and is more on the front lines than I am, shared his precious masks with me, without my even asking. The veil of civilization may be thin, but not all that lies behind it is savage. We are going to be OK.”
Shank explained Schwartz reported he had noticed what appeared to be a used N95 mask in the doctor’s purse and “he assumed she was reusing.”
That was the case, the doctor confirmed.
The Star-Tribune explained the doctor shuttles between Buffalo, N.Y., and her duties with a Minnesota health service.