Rather than promptly issuing her a ticket over something she had no clue was going on, Officer Jenkins chose he would give Chy-Niece Thacker some helpful advice.
“Don’t worry about pulling anything out,” he said to Thacker who was fumbling for her license and registration. “I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.”
Thacker, who was en route to a job interview, was confounded on the grounds that she had recently had the lights replaced around a month earlier.
She advised the officer that Firestone attempted to charge her $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the vehicle. What’s more, with a look of stun and disbelief at what Thacker just told him, Jenkins asked her to pop her trunk.
He began fiddling around with her lights tapping one of them, then the other to see if he could get them to turn on.
Thacker was astonished by his act of kindness.
He could have given her a ticket, yet he didn’t. That, as well as he made a special effort to go far in excess of what was required to ensure she would be safe on the road.
She posted the whole incident on Facebook, the post was shared by more than 980,00 people worldwide and received more than 380,000 likes.
Here is the original post:
“So this happened just now. I’m on my way to go to my interview this morning when I get pulled. Both brake lights decided to go out this time. As he walked to the car and I was pulling out my stuff, he quickly said, “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.” So I’m immediately upset because I just got them replaced like last month. So I explained to him how Firestone wants to charge me $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the car. He looked at me like [emoji] and told me to pop the trunk. He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn’t come on. So he told me to pop the hood to check the relay box then asked me to get out to check the other one. He could’ve easily given me a ticket, but Officer Jenkins stepped out of officer role and into mechanic role to make sure I was straight. #HesABlessing”
So this happened just now. I'm on my way to go to my interview this morning when I get pulled. Both brake lights decided…
The Henrico County Police shared Thacker’s photographs and expressed gratitude toward her for the sincere tribute to their officer.
“Thank you Chy-Niece Thacker for sharing this about one of our officers,” they wrote on Facebook. “We are so proud of our officers, especially when we see citizens share things like this. Above and beyond the call of duty, Officer Jenkins. Service to our community is what it’s all about.”