Officer Peters: My Hero.
The next time you may want to criticize the police, please remember Centerville Officer Peters. The 2009 graduate of Viewmont High and only woman on the CPD saved me in the early hours of Tuesday.
You see, it is commonplace for me to go get a soda in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. Tuesday morning was one of those times. Sure, my gas tank was low, but I was going just a few miles. I’d be fine, right? Not so much.
Clad only in my UConn shorts and old Viewmont wrestling sweatshirt, I drove to a store on Parrish Lane and had my soda. I did so because my diabetes numbers were very low. Heading home, I drove up Parrish Lane. My car bucked. Yep, I was running out of fuel. I was able to turn and coast into a parking spot at O’Reilly’s.
Bitterly cold outside, I had no choice but to walk to my home on Pages Lane. About a half mile later I saw a set of headlights and I frantically waved my arms in hopes of someone stopping.
Enter Officer Peters.
She pulled over and inquired why a guy in shorts would be out walking at such an hour. Logical question.
I explained my plight and Officer Peters went into action for me, the dummy. She let me sit in her squad car and she drove us to the Centerville police station. There, she found a five- gallon gas can and even a protein bar.
The little bit of fuel didn’t get my car started, so Officer Peters took me and filled the can to its top. This did the trick and I headed home. I was followed by my new hero just in case I needed more help along the way.
Sure, it might sound like a less-than-daring experience for a police officer, but that is the point. To protect and serve, that is what Officer Peters showed in those cold hours of Tuesday morning. She did what nearly every officer would do to help someone in need.
Officer Peters could have chosen not to help me; after all my decision to go out for a soda with my gas tank so close to empty wasn’t too bright. That isn’t in Officer Peters’ nature. Officer Peters saw me, a poor sap and jumped into action, not once criticizing me…OK, we both laughed, but all the while this homegrown hero worked to help me in my time of need.
Thanks Officer Peters and police everywhere for all you do.