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I wonder what my friends and neighbors thought when they saw my wife and I coming home with a city police car with blue lights flashing as our escort.

Here is the truth: Gladys and I were returning home from visiting the beautiful new Hall County Animal adoption facility on Green Street. I scraped a curb and damaged a front tire and flattened a rear. We drove to Thompson Bridge Road and pulled into a driveway to check things out.

We were no more than stopped when the flashing blue lights of a Gainesville Patrol Division car was in our rear view mirror. Officer J. Hawley was driving. He stopped, got out of his car and, with a smile, asked if he could be of assistance. As you will see, he really want to help.

He advised we shouldn’t drive any farther on the rear flat or very far on the other damaged tire. He offered to call a wrecker for us. He called my tire company to help us but they were closed for the day.

We finally decided to replace the most damaged tire with the spare and drive the car home. Office Hawley, realizing we were elderly, insisted on changing the tire for us. One of his fellow officers also stopped
and helped.

Now the police escort: Officer Hawley expressed true concern and recommended we slowly drive the mile and a half to our house with him behind us as escort.

I have heard from others of their pleasant experience with the Gainesville police. We are fortunate to have such a good competent police department.

Lee S. Bowers

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