LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A simple act of kindness from a DPS trooper has gone viral all over the country.
The Facebook photo of a Lubbock man and a DPS trooper who pulled him over has garnered more than 150,000 likes and 50,000 shares.
Last Friday, Ken Harris had three hours to go until he was home in Lubbock after a long day at work. He was low on gas and didn't know if he was going to make it home. To make matters worse, he was being pulled over by a DPS trooper for an expired registration, but he didn't get a ticket. He got something more.
When Harris and the trooper got to talking, Harris's gas tank was brought into the conversation. Without batting an eye, the trooper told him to follow him into town.
"He offered to get me some gas and I accepted because I wanted to get home," Harris said. "That was a total shocker to me."
The trooper even offered to buy Harris a bite to eat before he went on his way, but the grateful man graciously declined. Before he left, Harris snapped a photo with the trooper and posted it to Facebook, to share the experience with his friends. But, a lot more people saw the post.
"I had probably a couple hundred shares by the time I went to sleep," Harris said. "I woke up and my wife had told me it went viral."
Over 100,000 likes and 50,000 shares later, Harris is getting messages of thanks from people around the country.
"I'm getting messages from law enforcement, from relatives of law enforcement, and just normal regular people who are just saying thank you for sharing and how much hope it gives them," Harris said.
Harris is still amazed by the trooper's act of kindness.
"I was thinking this is truly a blessing and this guy is really amazing because you don't hear about officers doing that," he said. "I'm sure he's not the only one who's done it, but it's a blessing."
Harris told KCBD if there's anything anyone takes from his viral post, it's to make sure you pay it forward the next time someone reaches out to you.