Trooper Aids Distressed Son And Mom Parked On Highway
ShareTap Staff 7/27/2017
Police officers leave their homes every day not knowing if they'll ever return. Their profession is notoriously unsafe, but these men and women in blue are dedicated to helping others.
So when South Carolina Trooper Adam Klimek was dispatched to a broken down vehicle in the horrible heat during rush hour along the crazy busy Highway 170, he was ready to respond to a mom's pleas for help not knowing what emergency awaited him.
Trooper Klimek didn't know quite what to expect when he threaded his patrol car through heavy traffic and pulled over behind the stranded vehicle that was a cause for concern. He wanted to make sure the occupants who called 911 not only stayed safe during the busy rush hour while precariously parked alongside the road as cars whizzed by, but that they also didn't succumb to the extreme heat.
But what Trooper Klimek ended up finding was mom Charlie Watkis in distress not just because her vehicle had broken down in rush hour and they didn't have air conditioning to stay cool, but her son Jeriah, who was traveling with her, had been ill earlier in the day and he just wanted to get home.
Complicating matters further was that her sweet son was autistic and he was not handling their emergency well at all. Stranded next to a busy highway and being ill was causing her son to feel very out of sorts.
When Trooper Klimek rolled up behind them with his lights flashing, Jeriah panicked further, thinking they were in trouble. Upon approaching the vehicle, Trooper Klimek sensed something was afoot and switched gears from serious officer and protector to kind-hearted man who knew this boy needed a gentler touch. He knew he had to approach the scene with caution, as to not upset the already scared boy.
"He was having a tough time with the traffic that was going by him. At one point, he even had to put on earmuffs to drown out the sound that was irritating him."
Trooper Klimek encouraged Charlie and Jeriah to sit in his air-conditioned patrol car with him while they waited for a tow truck to arrive. The officer wanted to make sure he did everything he could to make Jeriah feel better while they were stuck there. Charlie said she was beyond grateful for the officer's efforts.
"Officer Klimek found ways to occupy him while I was trying to make phone calls to find out how long it was going to be for the tow truck to come and it was hard for me to concentrate on that and tend to Jeriah at the same time."
Trooper Klimek chatted with Jeriah, asking him what he enjoyed doing and he responded that he loved playing on his iPad and watching Netflix. So, the officer got out his computer, logged into his personal Netflix account and helped Jeriah select a movie to watch to help pass the time.
Charlie was so profoundly grateful for the officer coming to their rescue, staying with them, allowing them to stay cool in his vehicle and entertaining her son that she wrote a heartfelt letter to the police department expressing her thanks.
"As a mother of children with special needs, it is very difficult to get the world to understand what we deal with from day to day. This was a very positive experience that I'd like to share."
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Of course, Trooper Klimek modestly accepted her praise, saying he was doing what he hoped someone else would do for his own loved ones. Charlie's letter of gratitude has gone viral and others have chimed in, agreeing with her that Trooper Klimek was a Good Samaritan and their guardian angel sent to help them that difficult day.
But to Jeriah, Trooper Klimek was simply Officer Adam, his new buddy, his lifesaver and someone who understood him. When Charlie asked Trooper Klimek if he would pose for a photo after the tow truck arrived, he went one step further. He gave Jeriah his hat and his badge. What a wonderful police officer! Many thanks to the men and women in blue!