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Memphis airport police help family stranded on interstate

(Source: Talia Reese) (Source: Talia Reese)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Bartlett family is grateful to a couple of airport police officers who they say went beyond the call of duty.

Robert and Talia Reese and their three children were leaving the airport after a week-long vacation when they blew a tire.

"My car started wobbling around everywhere, so my husband pulled over and noticed that the tire was completely flat," Talia said.

Exhausted from a delayed layover, Talia said getting stranded was both frustrating and frightening for the entire family.

"It was very dark around there and having a 2-year-old, 6-year-old, and 8-year-old out there at night was scary," she explained.

Robert said as he struggled to put on the spare tire amid heavy traffic and glaring headlights, two airport police officers stopped and offered to help.

"They could've stopped and said 'Is there an emergency here? No there's no emergency,' and they could've kept going. But they stayed and provided lighting and stuff."

Across town Thursday morning, some of Memphis' finest were offering their support in a different way.

The Life Church members on Highland Street rolled up their sleeves to paint, clean, and feed the community. Director Toney Armstrong and several MPD officers joined the day of service.

Reese said she hopes these types of positive acts make an impact across the Mid-South.

"I think that sometimes the public likes to scrutinize the few things that happen instead of really recognizing the good that goes on every single day all around the community."

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