LETTER: Grateful for the assistance

May. 17, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Last Tuesday evening, May 6, as my wife and I were driving home to Carolina Trace on Highway 87 South, a large dog ran out into the road; I hit it at about 55 mph. Unfortunately the dog was killed, and the front passenger side lower panel of our car was shattered. As we pulled over to assess the damage, Brandon Outlaw, an enlisted man at Fort Bragg, and his wife stopped to make sure my wife and I were OK. They also removed the dog’s body from the road. They stayed with us until the police arrived. My wife and I are grateful to the Outlaws for their kindness. 

Since it had occurred inside the city limits of Sanford, I called the Sanford Police Department to report the accident. Police Officer W. J. Gardner arrived quickly and prepared a report requested by my insurance company. A little later, another officer arrived, and I regret I did not get his name. As I looked at the damaged front end of my car with the shattered fiberglass pieces scraping the ground, I was considering calling for a tow truck. The officers assured me my car was safe to drive after a little “minor surgery.” Using a hunting knife, they removed the dangling pieces and placed them in the car’s trunk. Needless to say, my wife and I are also very grateful for the help provided by Officer Gardner and his fellow officer last week.

John Kirkman

Sanford