'We are going to be OK': Doctor shares story of Minnesota trooper's kindness during traffic stop

The Minnesota State Patrol said it's a $415 fine, if you are caught using the controlled access road. Photo: KSTP/Matt Belanger. The Minnesota State Patrol said it's a $415 fine, if you are caught using the controlled access road.

Updated: March 31, 2020 12:11 PM
Created: March 31, 2020 09:32 AM

A social media post about a Minnesota trooper's kindness has gone viral after a doctor who was pulled over for speeding earlier this month shared the uplifting story both online and during an appearance on CNN.

Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua, of Massachusetts, said she was pulled over on Interstate 35 for speeding a couple weeks ago. When the Minnesota trooper saw her driver's license and asked what she was doing all the way in Minnesota, Janjua replied that she's a locums cardiologist and travels to the state every month as part of her work.


"He went back to his patrol car to look up my license, and when he returned, quite firmly told me it was very irresponsible of me to be speeding, especially since I would not only take up resources if I got into an accident, but would also not be in a position to help patients," Janjua wrote on Facebook.

But instead of writing her a ticket, the trooper, later identified as Brian J. Schwartz, said he'd let her off with a warning and then surprised Janjua with a gift: five N95 masks from his personal supply given to him by the state for his protection.

Janjua said she didn't even immediately realize what he'd given her and then burst into tears before Schwartz walked away.

"Like all healthcare workers and emergency responders around the world, I have felt afraid of not having adequate protective equipment, and in my darkest moments, have worried about what would happen if I fell sick far from home," said Janjua. "This complete stranger, who owed me nothing and is more on the front lines than I am, shared his precious masks with me, without my even asking."

While it's a tough time for many and negative things are highlighted all too often, it was a moment to reassure Janjua and all people that everyone will get through this together.

Janjua ended her post saying, "We are going to be OK."

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