LETTER: The many meanings of protect and serve

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 04:29 PM.

On May 7, my wife and I are proudly rolling down U.S. Highway 98 in our new, fine SUV. Had it since 10 a.m. that morning!

Without little notice, tire warning light. We are still trying to learn how to work the radio. Moments later, tire goes flat and blows out the sidewalls. As we are scratching our heads, a few cuss words, and calling Onstar, in our rear view mirror are lights flashing and officer Jason Day.

Office Day walks up and says with a mile, “got a little tire problem?” We chuckled and proceeded to tell him help is on the way. He says not necessary, we can get this.

If you own a current vehicle, you know now they have locks on wheels, locks on the spare, and all types of tricks to get the spare on. Of course we are in the dark. Again he says no problem, let’s do this. He takes over and as he follows the steps, he is very careful to explain to me how and why for the future. I continue to try to help and he continues to say “we are here to help.”

Turns out he is a local and our family has been here more than 40 years, so as he is teaching me the tricks, we talk local stuff.

He completes the task with a personal and friendly spirit and sends us on our way.

We continue to share this story so that others don’t “panic” when they see those lights flashing. We are confident that officer Day would rise to any type of occasion to help t he public in any situation and for this the Walton County Sheriff’s Department should be proud of this officer and I am sure many others who don’t get the credit they well deserve for a very, very important job in our community.



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