Roadside Kindness Paid Forward

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:09 p.m. April 16, 2020

Officers patrolling 22 Division came to the aid of a woman driving a car with flat tire.

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Community Response Unit officers offered help with a spare tire to a grateful driver

On April 14 at around 2.20 p.m., the bike patrol officers noticed a car on Lake Promenade that was making unsual noises as it pulled away from a stop sign.

“Her car was making a rumbling sound and we quickly realized she had a flat,” said Const. Jermaine Watt, who last year was recognized by St. John’s Ambulance for rendering First Aid to a gunshot victim. “When we asked her if she knew she was driving with a damaged tire, she said she didn’t and thought it was something that was stuck under her car.”

Watt along with Constables Daymon Evans, Lydia Cesar and John Davila jacked up the car and put on the spare tire.

“The lady was very grateful and offered to buy us pizza,” said Watt. “We told her that there are people out there who need that more than us, but she could make a donation to someone else.”

Kim Pearce decided to make a $100 donation to Covenant House Toronto in the officers’ names instead. The charity provides services to youth who are homeless or at-risk in some other way. 

“It was so kind of them to do what they did as I know it is not in their job description,” she said. “I would have been late for work had they not helped me and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

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