On July 24th, 2011, I was traveling to Destin in my personal SUV west on I-10 at mile marker 186. I was traveling with my wife, two children ages 3 and 1, and our babysitter. The right rear tire blew out and my numerous attempts to replace the tire failed. In order to replace the tire, we had to remove the child seats to gain access to the tools and thus our children and some of our belongings were now on the side of the road. No one bothered to stop while we were on the side of the road for 90 mintes. While we were waiting for Gieco, Trooper Sterling Safford (2919-1315) arrived and tried to help me change the tire. Trooper Safford even put on knee pads and attempted to help me with the tire jack.
I would like to commend Trooper Safford for stopping to help me and my stranded family while enroute to our family vacation. I was glad that his marked vehicle was there to help with visibility since many vehicles did not move over and I was extremely concerned that our vehicle would be struck by a passing vehicle.
Trooper Safford was very helpful, professional and courteous and due to his help, we were able to make it safely to Destin and enjoy our family vacation.
Corporal Sean DeGrilla
Uniform Patrol Division
Sector 1, Squad 3, A-Platoon