After years of hard work and dedication, one University of Texas at Austin student was thrilled to finally be able to walk across the stage at his graduation and get his diploma while his family cheered him on.
But that special moment almost didn’t happen for UT graduate Xavier Baldwin, when his car broke down on the way to the ceremony: “I was driving and I was taking the exit, the car broke down and it wouldn’t start again,” Baldwin said. “When my car broke down, I thought I would be ultra late to the graduation ceremony. It was the most inconvenient thing because it had never broken down before then.”
“We didn’t call the police. They ended up coming because they noticed the disturbance,” Baldwin explained. Baldwin and his family told Officer Mike Cowden and Ashley Uribe from the Austin Police Department that he was going to walk the rest of the way to the graduation while his mom, Betty Johnson, waited for the tow truck. But Officer Cowden had another plan.
“Officer Cowden wanted us all to be at the graduation so he told us he would stay with the car while Uribe drove my family to the ceremony,” Baldwin said. “She dropped us off and then we walked to the gym. I was able to make it with minutes to spare. I was the last student to arrive.”
“This experience opened my eyes more to what the police really do. Meeting Cowden and Uribe was a great pleasure and honor, and I’ll remember them for a lifetime for helping me on one of the most important days of my life,” said Baldwin, who recently presented Uribe and Cowden with a plaque to thank them for their help. “Officer Uribe and I were there working, but we have a couple thousand cops who would have done the exact thing,” said Cowden. “We were just fortunate to be able to have helped them and I think anyone would have done the same thing.”
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[Featured image: Austin Police Department]