October 5, 1998
Stranded driver returns favor
I would like to publicly thank the residents of the Valley who stopped to see if I was all right last Friday night, Sept. 18. My car had broken down at the corner of NE 124th and Rt. 203 at 6:30 p.m. I waited 2 1/2 hours for a tow. During that time seven different people stopped and got out of their cars to see if I needed anything. I was offered the use of cell phones, rides, and more than one person asked me if they could get me coffee or food! Besides the folks who stopped and got out of their cars, there were many people who pulled up next to me and rolled down their windows to see if I needed help.
After waiting so long for a tow that was promised within an hour, I found it hard to be angry. In fact, I was feeling great about the kind people who had stopped to help a stranger.
On the following Sunday, I got the chance to return the favor. As my family and I were driving across NE 124th, we noticed a van pulled over to the side of the road with a badly shredded tire. I immediately turned around and offered the unfortunate man help in changing the tire and the use of my cell phone. He explained that he had just changed the tire, and now the spare had failed. He was delighted to use my cell phone and arranged for help to come.
Ed Boyd, Duvall