Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua is praising a Minnesota State Trooper, who stopped her for speeding on I-35, but gave her N95 coronavirus masks instead of a ticket. The good doctor thanked State Trooper Brian J Schwartz for his act of kindness amid the coronavirus pandemic in her Facebook post.
Dr. Janjua is a cardiologist, working on temporary assignment in the area, explained that she was pulled over after driving well over the speed limit. The Trooper told her it was “irresponsible” for her to be speeding because it would take up resources if she got into an accident and she would not be able to help her patients.
She was waiting to be given a speeding ticket, but instead was only given a warning — as well as five medical masks, which came from a supply the state had given him for his own protection.
She exclaimed. “I burst into tears and, though it may just have been the cold wind, I think he teared up a little bit too, before wishing me well and walking away.”
Like many of her fellow health care workers and first responders, the doctor said she had been feeling fear for not having adequate protective equipment and “worried about what would happen if I fell sick far from home.”
“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,” she added. “The veil of civilization may be thin, but not all that lies behind it is savage. We are going to be OK.”
The Minnesota State Patrol praised the doctor and the trooper for their hard work and dedication. “Troopers are working hard during the pandemic and are thinking about all the first responders who are caring for Minnesotans during this critical time,” his department explained.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused a heavy strain on medical supplies, leaving health care workers with diminishing resources protect themselves. Many U.S. governors including New York’s Andrew Cuomo have asked businesses and the federal government for help.