Off-duty officer buys, changes tire for stranded mom and baby

Veteran officer Sgt. John Kimenhour says he went straight into grandpa-mode


By Suzie Ziegler 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — An off-duty cop says he went into grandpa-mode after encountering a stranded mother and her 1-year-old earlier this week. 

Sgt. John Kimenhour, a school resource officer, was on his way to a meeting when he saw a driver go off the road, according to WHSV

“She was stranded and had no idea what she was going to do,” Kimenhour told reporters. That’s when Kimenhour saw the baby in the backseat. 

“My grandson turned one yesterday, and she had a little boy sleeping in the car seat about that age. He ended up waking up during the whole process,” Kimenhour said. “She was reaching around feeding him in the car seat. I mean, how can you leave a mom and little boy on the side of the road, right?” 

So Kimenhour went above and beyond the call of duty – the veteran officer bought a brand-new tire, changed it, and sent the mother on her way.  

According to WHSV, Kimenhour received a cash award for his heroics, enough to cover the tire’s expenses.

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