I would like to thank the young Lummi Nation police officer who stopped and helped me after I accidentally locked my keys and cellphone in my vehicle last night. I had been photographing the super moon and made the super mistake of leaving my keys in the ignition with my cellphone, purse and camera bag on the front seat. With no way of calling for help and no payphones in sight, I had no choice but to hitchhike back to Bellingham. The situation kept getting more comical as my boyfriend's phone had also died and we had to use our neighbor's phone to call AAA. Then we headed out to wait. Unbeknownst to us, however, the AAA dispatcher had mistakenly told the tow truck driver we were at the intersection of Scott Road and Lummi Shore Drive. So with no way to call to clarify, we sat waiting in the dark as the tow-truck driver circled around a neighborhood several miles north. Finally around 11 p.m., a Lummi Nation police officer stopped and offered to help us. Not only was he able to unlock my car without leaving a scratch, he called AAA for us to let them know they were looking for us in the wrong location. Police helping people is policing done right. In this age, even with our modern advances, cellphones, roadside assistance and insurance supposedly there to save us from ourselves, we can still get in a jam. We still need each other to stop and lend a helping hand sometimes.
- Tara Nelson of Bellingham, via Letters to the Editor
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