Police officer’s generosity turns routine traffic stop into act of kindness

(COURTESY KCCI-TV)
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CLIVE, Iowa (KCRG) - A routine traffic stop turned into a moving act of kindness by a Clive couple.

KCCI-TV reports Clive police Officer David Liska pulled Lauren Bruner over on University Avenue because her tags were expired, which usually results in a ticket.

"She knew they were expired. She'd just got a new job and was going to get a paycheck on Friday," Liska said. "(She was) trying to get caught up."

He saw she also had no insurance and asked for an explanation. He said Bruner's response was surprising.

"She teared up and she talked about depression and a hospital stay, and we have a daughter who had depression, and it just clicked," Liska said.

He immediately empathized with the stranger and wanted to help, so he called his wife to ask for a favor.

"It didn't really surprise me," said Ellen Liska.

Ellen Liska said she offered to drive Bruner to get new tags. Liska paid for the tag and one month of car insurance for Burner.

Burner's mother Michelle posted on Facebook, "The kindness compassion and generosity shown by this Clive officer and his wife has touched our hearts more deeply than they will ever know."

"This job has exposed me to so much hurt in other people's lives so I'm just generally empathetic by nature," David Liska said.

"There's nothing really special about us," he said. "We're doing what a lot of other people are doing. We just got caught, so to speak."