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I would like to say a special thank you to Trooper Nickel Badge No. 2408 in helping my husband and myself today.

We were traveling from east on Brandon Blvd heading toward Sam's Club when we stopped for traffic in front that was stopped. All of a sudden, I heard a screech and then felt the slam as a car slammed into our passenger side rear. I grabbed our information to swap information with the driver but there was a lot of traffic on the road so the young man said to just pull into the parking lot. We did just that and he sped off down Brandon Blvd. I called my insurance company and advised them of the hit and run and then placed a call to the 911 operator. I advised her that I was unable to find a non emergency number. I explained that we were now at the gas station at Sam's Club on Brandon Blvd. and would need to make a report of the hit and run. Trooper Nickel came out and took our report and we told him the car was a small sports car and bright yellow. He asked our phone number in case he found the car or someone reported an accident and the other party just drove off. After leaving us, he was driving by the near-by Shell station and noticed a yellow car. He approached them and found the driver was the one that hit our car. He obtained all the information from the young man and called but we couldn't get the call in Sam's so he drove over to the parking lot and found my husband and gave us the information we would need. I feel that he went above and beyond the normal call of duty and wanted to let someone know how much he was appreciated.

Thank you

Nancy Keplinger

Salem, IL 62881


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