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Letter: Incident shows goodness around community


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From: Jim Wozniak

Johnson City, Tenn.

On May 10, my mother was returning home after visiting my family and me for my son’s confirmation. As she headed north on Interstate 65 near mile marker 59, she suddenly developed car trouble and came to a stop in one of the lanes.

Fortunately, nothing serious happened, even though she might have easily been rear-ended, if I understand the circumstances correctly.

Thank goodness, a good Samaritan in the form of a tractor-trailer driver stopped and pushed her car to the side of the road. He then waited with her until the arrival of Sgt. T.A. Smith with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. This took awhile because other calls were keeping the sheriff’s department busy, but this tractor-trailer driver never left Mom’s side.

My mother’s car restarted, so thankfully it appears to have been a temporary issue. Smith was kind enough to follow her to the nearest exit with a gas station, where she put in additional gas and returned home safely.

I know Smith was just doing his job, and this tractor-trailer driver was handling this situation like any kindhearted individual would. But it is comforting for my sister and me and our families to know such classy men as these were present when she needed them. Mom spoke highly of these gentlemen as well as the 911 personnel who fielded her calls.

Unfortunately, I do not have the name of the tractor-trailer driver or the name of the company for which he drove. If anyone is reading this and happened to drive by while all of this was happening and saw the tractor-trailer’s name, I would appreciate your contacting me at mcwozniak@hotmail.com. I would really like to shake these gentlemen’s hands, but I will settle for contacting them and thanking them.

These incidents reinforce the goodness that abounds in communities around the country and the world. Thank you very much, Sgt. Smith, and a big shout-out to the special man in the tractor-trailer I still hope to find.

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