Courtesy Nada Owusu/Facebook
May 20, 2015 10:30 AM

A Virginia mom took to Facebook to thank a police officer for helping her son after he got a flat tire – and for not assuming that he’d stolen the car in question.

Joseph Owusu was driving home from Virginia Tech last week when his Mercedes got a flat tire, WTVR reports. Trooper Matt Okes pulled over and spent hours helping the 20-year-old student change the tire.

Joseph’s mother expressed her gratitude to the officer by sharing a picture of him with her son on Facebook in a post that has since gone viral.

“Facebook friends, join me in expressing my gratitude to God and to Officer Matt Okes, a Virginia State Police officer. I took this picture at 2 a.m. in the middle of nowhere,” Dr. Nada Owusu wrote.

“My son had his back tire blown off his car last night on his way home from school,” she continued. “This kind officer approached him, didn’t ask if the little Mercedes was stolen, but rather got on his knees to replace his tire.”

As of Wednesday morning, the post has been shared more than 22,000 times.

“There’s a lot of good in America and that needs to be heard,” Dr. Owusu said. “Police need our support.”

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