Behind the Badge

You don't understand

I was not present when this incident took place, but I was told about it first hand by the Officer who was involved.

The Officer was patrolling one of the hundreds of back roads in the county when he came upon a car sitting on the shoulder of the road. It was dark out and the vehicle had its four way emergency flashers on so the Officer stopped to see if the person needed assistance. The car was a large older model car.

The Officer walked up and found a man sitting behind the steering wheel. The Officer asked the man if everything was all right. The man said everything was okay, he had seen a car hit and kill a deer and he wanted to know if it was okay for him to take the deer home. The Officer now saw the deer lying along side of the road. He told the man it would be okay since the person who hit the deer had left the area.

The man leaned over and hit the trunk release on his car. As the Officer turned to walk back to his patrol car, the man asked, "Officer would you please put the deer in my trunk?"

"If you want the deer get your butt out of your car and put it in your own trunk! You're crazy if you think I'm going to do it for you!" replied the Officer. The nerve of some people, he thought.

The harsh remarks did not upset the man at all. He said, "But mister, you don't understand. I ain't got no legs!"

The Officer turned back around and shined his flashlight into the car. Sure enough, the man was a double amputee. Without another word the Deputy picked up the deer and put it in the trunk beside the man's wheel chair. He then sheepishly got into his patrol car and drove away.

by R.L. Dettwiler


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