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Trooper caught being kind

An area Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was caught being kind.

A community member recently took a picture of his good deed and posted it to social media to share what she witnessed. So far it has been shared more than 1,300 times.

Bobbie Meinershagen was in her car when she spotted a patrol car that was pulled over on the side of the road. Her first thought was there had been an accident or some kind of crime, but as she got closer she quickly realized it was more.

Trooper Jeremy Sanders, 29, was driving around in his patrol car when he happened upon a truck sitting roadside on Highway 8 and like many troopers do, he pulled over to check and see if anyone needed help or could use his assistance.

“I was just driving past and saw they had a flat tire, so I stopped to check on them,” said Sanders. “It was an elderly couple from Illinois and I checked to see if they needed anything or had help en route. He was actually on the phone with somebody and he didn’t know who to call, being from Illinois.”

Sanders said he helped them get off Highway 8 and had them pull into a parking lot off Germania Road. He added he checked to see if they had everything to change their tire and discovered they were missing the jack.

“So I got the tire out from underneath the truck and called a tow service for them to come out and help,” said Sanders. “The tow service came and actually changed the tire, I just got the spare out from underneath the truck so it would be ready for when the tow service got there.”

Sanders said the tow service was there within 15 to 20 minutes and he stayed with them until help arrived.

“They were very gracious. They told me ‘thank you’ several times,” Sanders said. “That’s not the first time I helped to change a tire. I have changed them in the past. I didn’t do anything different than what any other trooper would have done.”

Sanders said they aren’t required to change a tire, but they are supposed to help people and give them the assistance they need to get down the road and be safe.

“Sometimes I will stop and an individual may not want help changing their tire, but I will stay there with them to try to keep the public aware they are there,” Sanders said. “Drivers may not get over for somebody on the side of the road changing a tire, but they will slow down for my lights.”

Being on the side of a road can be scary and dangerous, especially if the person is attempting to change a tire. Sanders said if he can make them more visible or get them to a safer spot he will.

“That may be the assistance I give,” said Sanders. “I had no idea someone took a picture. Someone text it to me Wednesday afternoon around 4:20 p.m. I was surprised it was on there and definitely didn’t think it would go the extreme it did.”

He added he is very appreciative that somebody noticed they are out there helping people. He said there are multiple officers who would have done the same thing he did.

“We aren’t always out there giving tickets,” said Sanders. “It’s the little things that matter most.”

Sanders has been a trooper for two years now and it is something he always wanted to do so he could help people.

Meinershagen didn’t think her post would go viral.

“It was so heart-warming to see one person helping another out of the goodness of their heart and I just wanted to share that feeling,” Meinershagen said. “I think we, as a society, should all focus more on the good and less on the bad things that happen. I wanted this officer to be recognized for his kindness and caring, but I had no idea it would go viral like it did. Thank you to everyone who shared.”

Sanders plans to keep doing what he has been doing and that is helping people and making sure they are safe.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was caught being kind by helping an elderly couple with a flat tire. The photo was posted on social media and received an outpouring of support from the community.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was caught being kind by helping an elderly couple with a flat tire. The photo was posted on social media and received an outpouring of support from the community.

A photo of Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Sanders helping an elderly couple with a flat tire has gone viral on social media.

A photo of Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Sanders helping an elderly couple with a flat tire has gone viral on social media.

Trooper Jeremy Sanders

Trooper Jeremy Sanders

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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