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This article was published in the Baytown Texas newspaper about my sisters boy.
Letters for January 30, 2005
From Staff Reports
Baytown Sun Email story
Published January 30, 2005
Letters to the Editor published in The Baytown Sun:
Officer thanked for kindness
My wife and I wish to commend Officer Daniel J. Danek of the Baytown Police Department for the nice deed he did for us. Last night, Thursday, Jan. 27, when returning home from one of our congregation?s meetings, we ran out of gas. There?s never a good time to be stranded, but with it being rainy and cold outside, well ? Anyway, as I was pushing my vehicle out of the road, here came this truck pulling up beside me with this guy smiling, who jumps out and says, ?Hey, can I help you?? Standing in the headlights while he was soaking, all I could make out is what looked to me like the silhouette of this huge, big ole, corn-fed country boy making this generous offer. I?m not a small man myself, but this fella was a lot larger than me. I thought to myself, ?I?d better be right sizing him up or I?ll definitely need some divine intervention if I was wrong.? It may seem funny now, but at the time, with so much badness going on today, I?m sure you can understand why I would be somewhat cautious.
A little reluctantly, I told him what the problem was, but though we were just a short distance from home, I would in fact be glad to accept his offer. It was only after we got inside his pickup that I realized he was wearing a uniform. He was a city policeman on his way home after working his shift.
Although it may seem a small thing to some, it wasn?t to my wife and me. We really appreciate the kindness Officer Danek showed us. A number of cars had passed us by. He could?ve too and in some eyes may have been excused for doing so, ??. that's just some black guy pushing his car, so what?? or ?I?ve worked a long shift and need to get home.? or ?He?s probably not of my religion anyway,? etc. But the officer brought us home, brought me back to my vehicle, waited until I cranked it, then followed me to my street to make sure it didn?t stop again.
Small thing? Hardly. As Christ Jesus explained many years ago, a true neighbor is one who acts mercifully and displays kindness in practical ways to whomever needs it (Luke 10:36-37). God?s promise is that one day real soon, all mankind will be good neighbors for one another (Psalms 37:10-11,29). We can hang our hat on that happening because He said it. But until that day comes it certainly is good to know there are still people around who care enough to help others in such ways. Thanks again Officer Danek, may Jehova God bless you.
Neal Scott, Baytown