by Lisa Tome
The evening of Wednesday, July 1 was a memorable night for Millie Carter.
But a bad situation quickly got better.
Carter and her friend, Bea Christopher were in Christopher's car headed home from an evening church service in North East. On Route 40, the car started making what Carter calls a "funny noise". On Main Street in Rising Sun the two women, both senior citizens, discovered they had a flat tire. It was after 9 p.m.
"We pulled over and the tire was blown," said Carter, who lives just west of town, outside town limits. She then called her husband, George, who is also a senior. He came to the aid of the two women.
Once on scene, George Carter, who is almost 80, found that the tire was nearly impossible to change because the lug nuts were secured with an air wrench.
PFC Daniel Stickney to the rescue. Stickney was on patrol in the town. In the area of a South Queen Street parking lot, he changed the tire.
"My husband didn't know how to get the jack out. And Bea had a lot of stuff in the car. The policeman pulled in. He was very nice. He got them (lug nuts) off and we were fixed up then. He was very nice. He said he was doing his job. He was very helpful," said Millie Carter.
Rising Sun Police Chief Chip Peterson said it's not the job of a police officer to change a flat tire. The officer is charged with the task of making sure people are safe and that they have assistance. "This (changing a tire) is something officers choose to do. It's above (what's required)," said Peterson.
Millie Carter did not know the name of the officer who assisted her.
Stickney was the officer working Wednesday night. He confirmed that he changed the tire.
"It's the right thing to do. Who wouldn't change a tire for an elderly lady? No one even stops to help anyone anymore. Everyone just drives by. There is no common decency anymore. I would have stopped to help someone even if I wasn't working," said PFC Stickney.
"I felt thankful," said Millie Carter.
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