I wanted to take a minute to compliment Eric for the assistance he provided my son Matt Stolz on the evening of Sunday, November 15th. Matt was going back to school at Nova University from Naples across Alligator Alley Sunday evening when the tread came off his tire at mile marker 70.
Matt is 21 and a son that looks capable of changing a tire but he had no flashlight to see what he was doing. He called home to Naples and reached me and my wife and said he could not see to change the tire. So we got in our car to meet him on the alley. As you might imagine my wife was worried mostly about the fact that the road is dark and that someone might accidently run up on the back of our son's truck. She kept saying prayers that possibly a trooper might stop by to at least provide visibility.
It was a reassuring sight when we reached our son's car to see that not only had Trooper Olesen pulled over to highlight the area but he was actually providing direction to my son on how to change the tire. Trooper Olesen showed concern about our son's safety, assistance with the vehicle but more importantly pride that he was doing his job.
This attitude was especially highlighted when my son commented that a Collier County officer had actually stopped but seeing that my son was healthy and capable of changing a tire simply drove off. The difference in attitude was clear because Trooper Olesen not only viewed it as his job to help but commented that it was possible that even a healthy 21 male could run into trouble sitting on the side of the road alone.
Please pass this message along to Trooper Olesen and anyone else that might be interested in his professional and caring service.