Gastonia Police Officer Jarod Ewers was responding to a car accident in January when he found the driver acting “strange and erratic.” So as a safety precaution, he placed him in handcuffs.
Officers thought the driver, Andrew Michalak, was on drugs, so he was taking him to jail. But as they pulled up, Ewers says he “went from being so out of it, to being perfectly normal.” That’s when Michalak told him about the seizures he’d been having recently and the officer realized the man didn’t need jail, he needed a doctor.
Officer Ewers took him to the hospital and two weeks later, he was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer that spread to his brain and caused the seizures. But instead of being devastated by his illness, he’s focused on treatment and thankful for Officer Ewers. “I love that man,” Michalak says, “If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know where I’d be right now.”