There is something oddly unnerving when a police car pulls up behind you. You do not even have to be doing anything wrong; the sheer presence of law enforcement behind a person’s car can give some a sense of dread.
And when you see those flashing lights, you know your day just took a turn for the worse.
But not in one woman’s case. She felt the same fear that we all do at the sight of a cop closing in on us, but when he proceeded to talk to her she realized that instead of ruining her day the officer made her week.
Chy-Niece Thacker was on her way to a job interview when a police car rolled up behind her.
On Sept. 1, Chy-Niece Thacker of Richmond, Virginia, was on her way to a job interview when she caught sight of a police car roll behind her.
Thacker naturally became somewhat anxious—not only was an encounter with a police officer unsettling in and of itself, it could also end up costing her a lot of money in fines.
Of course, being an upstanding citizen, she pulled over and waited for the officer to do his worst.
Then he surprised her.
“He quickly said, ‘don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out,’” Thacker wrote in a post on Facebook.
Thacker was relieved but immediately felt a sense of dejection; she had just changed her brake lights, and it had cost her $600 to do so.
She relayed this story to the officer, whose last name was Jenkins. He was visibly disappointed, and then he surprised her again—her told her to open up the trunk of the car so he could check to see what was wrong.
“He checked everything,” Thacker said according to NBC News.
“He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn’t come on,” Thacker wrote in a Facebook post.
But he was not done. He then asked her to open the hood, checked a relay box, then proceeded to do the same for another relay box in the cab.
In total, the officer spent around 30 minutes working to try and get Thacker’s tail lights to work.
Unfortunately, Officer Jenkins could not help her—but he had one last bit of kindness to send Thacker’s way.
But he could not fix them. So, he instructed Thacker to go to the nearest mechanic to get them fixed today. Further, he would escort her as long as her hazards were on.
Thacker was, of course, stunned by Officer Jenkin’s generosity and kindness. When asked why he was helping her instead of giving her a ticket, he simply replied:
“I care more about your safety than giving you a ticket,” Officer Jenkins said according to NBC News.
Thacker managed to get to a mechanic and the officer left her, but she did not forget him. From that point on she wanted to try and find him.
Thacker is now trying to find Officer Jenkins to show her gratitude—but, as it happens, she might not be the only one he’s helped in this way.
“I’m really honored that he helped me out so much,” Thacker said according to NBC News.
And when her story went viral it appears that other people had similar encounters with Officer Jenkins. After reading about another person’s story, the two agreed to work together to track the officer down, according to NBC News.
Law enforcement officials like Officer Jenkins can really make a difference.