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A friendly push: Police officer helps Vernon driver out of intersection

August 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

VERNON - They’re usually the ones pulling you over and handing out tickets, but as a North Okanagan woman saw the other day, that isn’t all police officers do.

Vernon resident Alexandra Talbot was driving down Highway 97 on Tuesday, Aug. 10 when she saw a police car with its lights flashing and another vehicle stopped at the intersection with 32 Avenue.

“I thought ‘that poor guy is getting a ticket,’” Talbot says. “Then I looked again and the cop was actually pushing the car.”

While she was stopped at the red light, Talbot watched the uniformed officer push the car to a Chevron gas station roughly one block away. She assumes the vehicle was out of gas.

“I thought, no way. This guy must have been close to retirement and was pushing this car all by himself down the street,” she says, adding another man eventually ran up to help.

Traffic was busy, and she wasn’t able to stop to commend the officer, but wanted others to know about his act of kindness.

“I was almost crying because it was so sweet,” she says. “Yes, they’re giving us speeding tickets and telling us to shut the party down but that’s their job. It’s nice to see them be the good guys sometimes.”

We don’t know who the officer is but have contacted the local detachment to let them know his actions did not go unnoticed. We hope to hear from him, but if he chooses to stay anonymous, people like Talbot want to thank him for going beyond the call of duty. 

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