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This letter is a long time in coming, but I really feel, even after all this time, that I must write this.

In February of 2003, I was returning to Jensen Beach from Orlando with my best friend and my godchild. We were two exits away from ours in St. Lucie West when one of my tires went flat. We pulled over to the grassy shoulder and immediately put in a call to AAA. While waiting on hold (of course), out of the corner of my eye I noticed a trooper's car slide into a space next to mine and a smiling face asked me what happened. I explained the situation and told him I was on hold with AAA. He told me not to bother as it could take a couple of hours, got out of his car, and proceeded to change the tire himself. This took all of about 10 minutes, but we never felt so grateful to anyone in our lives. He then escorted us off the shoulder back into the flow of traffic, waited to make sure we were OK, and took off, probably to another emergency.

This Trooper acted like it was the most normal thing in the world to change a tire on the shoulder of a major highway -- like something he did every day (which he probably does!). He was calming and reassuring, making jokes and teasing my 6' 2" godchild about learning to change tires. It may seem like a little thing to some people, but it was a big thing to us.

All we could do was hug him, shake his hand and watch him "ride off into the sunset", but I thought you should know about this wonderful act of kindness. If this is the caliber of people working as State Troopers, then out tax money is truly well spent!

We would be grateful if you could share this email with Trooper Thomas and let him know that we remember and are grateful for the time he took to perform this simple and kind act.

Maria Iaboni
Aida McCabe
Sean McCabe
Jensen Beach, FL 34957


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