Here’s Another One For The Stupid File
What would you do if you thought your child was going to fall off a cliff? Yes, you would run as fast as you could to catch him! Would you then be very angry when you got two tickets? I WOULD! This story is surely one for the "Stupid File". I know that police officers have discretion, but a man just saved his child from dying, and you give him a ticket? Stupid, sorry, it's just stupid.
FoxNews reports that Frank Roder, a construction worker from New Jersey, took his little boy down to the Rahway River. They were just going there to feed the ducks. Frank stopped near the side of the road while he was deciding which parking spot he was going to pick when his kid did what all kids do-he hopped right out of the car and made a bee-line for the water. Hey, he is a kid. He wanted to the feed the ducks. The only problem? Roder knew his child was running straight for a cliff that had a 35 foot drop.
So what did Frank do? He did what you would do! He jumped out of the car, and he ran after his little boy. He said the life of his child because that's what parents do. He caught the little boy right before he went over the cliff. He was relieved. He was scared, but thankful his little child was alive. He freaked out when little Aidan said, "um daddy", and there was the Jeep heading for the water, and kerplunk! It was in the drink!
Next, Frank did what anyone would do. Frank called the police. The tow truck pulled his Jeep out, and it was still working. Also still working was the Union County policeman who gave him one ticket for not being able to produce his proof of insurance ( in the wet glove box) and one for failing to use his emergency brake. Outrageous, crazy! What a stupid thing to do. I don't care what anyone thinks, this was dumb, dumb, dumb!
Thankfully, Roder has the chance to appeal. He says he will even pay the fines, but he wants the chance to plead his case. Union County Police Chief Daniel Vaniska told FoxNews.com "It probably could have gone either way," Vaniska said. "I can't comment on the discretionary practices of an officer, but certainly, the fellow will have an opportunity to tell his story in court."
"I don't care, I'll pay it," Roder said. "It's just the principle. When something like that happens so fast, I could give a rat's a-- about the car."
Amen, Mr. Roder, amen!