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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Thanks to police officer for help

  • On Thursday, March 22, I had an early appointment at the Oklahoma City V.A. In an attempt to avoid a little of the Tinker and other big town work force traffic, I left a little early.


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  • On Thursday, March 22, I had an early appointment at the Oklahoma City V.A. In an attempt to avoid a little of the Tinker and other big town work force traffic, I left a little early.
    At about 5:30 a.m., I had just left U.S. 177 and traveled about one-half mile on westbound Interstate 40 when, without any warning, the left rear tire on my pickup truck blew out.
    I pulled off onto the blacktop shoulder and turned on my flasher lights. I have always carried a little hydraulic floor jack, which is a little heavy.
    There I am in total darkness on my hands and knees trying to position the jack with one hand, while holding a flashlight with the other hand. I was not having much luck.
    At this time, it seemed like the whole world brightened up as a set of headlights pulled up behind me and then all of the pretty little lights started flashing on this vehicle.
    Then up walked a young fellow wearing a Potawatomi Police uniform. He could see that I had a problem and immediately took over.
    He positioned the jack with the help from his headlights, pulled the blown out wheel, retrieved the spare tire, installed it and in no time had me back on the road. Being a little upset, mostly due to my inability to do more myself, I forgot to get his name.
    I wish I had so I could call his supervisor and tell him what a great officer he has on his police force.
    In this crazy old world we live in these days, it is gratifying to know that there are still a few nice people, who aren’t in too big of a hurry to stop and help where help is needed.
    I do hope that this officer will see this in your newspaper and once again accept my gratitude for a deed well done.
    Forrest Smith
    Shawnee

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