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Ron Loescher: Thanks compassionate motorists and trooper

  • jacoblund


Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Thanks compassionate motorists and trooper

On June 29, my friend Jeff and I were driving home from Boston. We drove on Route 2 to Route 202 and then drove south toward Amherst. At approximately 12:30 a.m. my car broke down. We thought it was out of gas, although indicator lights did not confirm this. Each of our cellphones were out of range for connection.

It was now late, dark and quite lonely. We flagged a passing motorist who stopped to inquire. The woman who stopped allowed our use of her phone which made connection with AAA. Within 45 minutes, we had gas and required a charge of battery to start the engine.

Assuming all would be well, we started down Route 202, only to experience a second breakdown. Again, a motorist stopped as we flagged him, and helped us with a phone that connected. While waiting for AAA to come, a third motorist stopped to see if we needed help. We thanked him and said we were waiting for AAA and a possible tow.

Just then, a Massachusetts State Police trooper drove by, did a U-turn and heard our story. He suggested we try again with a battery charge to get going and to follow him over the Pelham hill and down into Amherst. So, with some trepidation and angst we took his suggestion, started the car and followed him successfully directly to my home in South Amherst.

Jeff and I were singularly moved and impressed by the compassion, concern and courage of those who stopped to help. It is a dark and lonely road, especially at 1:30 to 2:30 a.m. on a Friday night in New Salem. And we were deeply grateful also to the policeman who ushered us home.

It has enhanced our faith in the kindness, goodness and courage of these fellow citizens.

Ron Loescher

Amherst