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Letter: Police were quick to help daughter on Youngmann

Police were quick to help daughter on Youngmann

I am compelled to write following the outcry concerning police decisions and actions. I became quite emotional at 9:30 p.m. on a recent Friday when our young daughter called us for help. She was on the Youngmann Memorial Highway, I-290, when two tires flattened and disabled her car. The wait for AAA would be 30 minutes.

I recalled Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr.’s death in 2011, which occurred close to this same site. Locally, Trooper Dobson symbolized the Ambrose-Searles “Move Over Act,” a state law that requires motorists to use care when approaching an emergency vehicle “displaying emergency lighting,” as reported then by The News. Frantic that our daughter could be hit by a vehicle passing her at 60 miles per hour, we called 911 for help. A cruiser quickly arrived at the scene. Our daughter was now under the officer’s secure safety net as they both awaited the tow truck.

My point: We had no resource to call other than the police. They provided the protection that no parent or loved one could render in this threatening circumstance. They were there within minutes. Our sense of relief was beyond words as we made the 20-minute drive to pick her up from the scene.

I rarely read about this type of emotional outcry concerning police decisions and actions.

Claire Maloney, R.N.

Williamsville

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