When A Cop Pulled Over This Speeding Teen, The Dash Cam Footage Caught The Chief’s Attention

When cop Martin Folczyk pulled a teenager over for speeding, he acted in a way he felt was appropriate. However, when the footage from his dash cam got back to the police chief, the boss decided to reach out to the young man in question.

Menomonie Police Department is based in the city of Menomonie in Wisconsin and employs 27 full-time officers, who deal with roughly 16,000 incidents every 12 months. Its stated mission is “to collaborate with the community to provide a safe and peaceful environment while protecting the liberties of all persons.”

Martin Folczyk is a police officer with the department. During one of his patrols in November 2016, the cop was driving down Menomonie’s 8th Street when something caught his eye. It was a car, and it appeared to be speeding.

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As a result, Folczyk followed the BMW into a parking lot where he pulled the driver up. The person behind the wheel was Trevor Keeney – a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. And when he stepped out of his car, it was clear to see that the young man was flustered.

Footage from Folczyk’s dash cam captured what happened next. In the video, the cop approaches Keeney, who is dressed smartly in a suit with an open-collared shirt. Once he reaches the student, Folczyk reveals he’s stopped him due to his speeding.

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Explaining the reason behind his rush, Keeney tells the cop that he’s running late for a class presentation. In order to look the part, the student had dressed in his smartest clothes. And he’d wanted to cap off his professional attire with a necktie.

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However, after trying and failing to tie the knot, Keeney had stuffed it into his college backpack and sped off to find someone who might have been able to help him. “I have to get a tie tied,” he tells Officer Folczyk in the dash cam footage.

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Continuing to quiz the student about his driving, Folczyk asks Keeney why he’d made a circuit down a certain street. The young man explains that he’d planned to stop by a friend’s house to ask him to fasten his tie.  

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However, to Keeney’s horror, when he approached his friend’s house he realized they weren’t home. “That’s one of my good friends’s house. He knows how to tie ties and I honestly don’t know how,” the student explains.

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With that, Folczyk asks Keeney where his tie is. The student promptly removes his backpack from his shoulder and produces the purple, patterned neckwear. Upon seeing the accessory, the cop then does something rather unexpected.

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Folczyk places the item around his own neck. “While I do this, why don’t you grab your proof of insurance and your driver’s license quick,” he tells Keeney as he starts to tie the knot for the tardy student.

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Keeney returns to his car to collect his documents before bringing them to Folczyk, who by this point has secured the tie. “There, you should be able to adjust it,” he tells the student, before returning the knotted neckwear to its rightful owner.

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After that, the cop checks over the details of Keeney’s license and insurance as the student places the tie around his neck. Watching the young man fasten the item, Folczyk says, “Probably not the best knot, but it will work.”

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However, Keeney is clearly grateful for every little bit of help the cop has given him, even if it wasn’t in the best of circumstances. “Yeah, it’ll work,” he says. “A lot better than what I was going to do, that’s for sure. Thank you so much.”

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After handing Keeney’s papers back, Folczyk notices that he needed some further assistance with his tie. So, he takes it back once more and re-ties it. This time, he makes the thick end slightly longer, so it will sit better under Keeney’s jacket.

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Watching the student adjusting the tie, Folczyk gives him a reassuring, “Looks good!” He then heads back to his car telling Keeney, “Alright man, slow it down.” With that, the student simply replies, “Will do. Thank you.”

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After his meeting with Folczyk, Keeney went on to achieve 92 percent in his presentation. And when Menomonie’s police chief heard about his encounter with the cop, he invited the student to the station for a lesson on tieing neckties. “I went back and met with him for about 30 minutes and he taught me. It was cool,” Keeney told ABC News in 2016.

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And Keeney wasn’t the only person impressed by Folczyk’s kindness. When Menomonie P.D. shared the cop’s dash cam footage online it quickly went viral. The post attracted more than 300,000 views in a single day and won Folczyk many admirers.

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In the post’s comment section, one Facebook user wrote, “This is so cool. This officer helped this driver with his tie not once, but twice to make sure it was tied correctly. The police officer could have given him a ticket, but gave him a warning and helped him with his tie.”

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A second viewer, meanwhile, said other cops would do well to follow Folczyk’s example. “This officer is such a fresh reminder of what a police officer should be! He truly helped this young man… He should be commended for his understanding and compassion,” they wrote. “Encourage all your officers to be the same as this shining star!”

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