RAOK - Car Repairs

$7,660 of $10k goal

Raised by 172 people in 13 days
Jason Borne  AUSTIN, TX

At work today, I came across a situation... an 18-year-old high school student was stranded on the side of a highway near a busy on-ramp.  I noticed he had a blowout on his front passenger side.  He had a spare tire but no jack.  We pulled off to a small paved area, and I retrieved my jack from my trunk.  I began teaching the young man how to change his flat tire with the basics: put your emergency brake on, righty tighty, lefty loosey, where the jacking points were, etc.  Once we got the destroyed tire off, we realized the "spare" tire that was thrown in with the purchase of the 16 year old car was the wrong size and the nuts wouldn't fit.  

Okay, Plan B.  After some conversing, it was apparent that finances were going to prohibit a safe and acceptable solution.  Calls to parents were not helpful.  I called for a wrecker and paid to have the young man's car towed to NTB.  My partner and I bought him two new front tires (for the flat and the other front tire which had exposed wire and was close to an inevitable explosion).  He was then sent on his way to school with a business card with the case number to get him an excused tardy at the school office.  The shocked look on his face was payment enough.

Here's why the fund is created.  This young man is driving an old car with unrepaired collision damage and a front end that is terribly un-aligned which led to today's problem.  I know without the alignment being fixed, the problem will persist with his front tires being destroyed.  I want to get his alignment done at a minimum.  Ideally, it would be even more incredible to fix the car, or even send him on to college with a more reliable mode of transportation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far.  I hope we can give this young man an inspiring display of community and philanthropy.
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$7,660 of $10k goal

Raised by 172 people in 13 days
Created February 7, 2017
Marti Sayre
3 mins ago
29 mins ago
Sheila Terrell
1 hour ago

Thank you for going above and beyond...but then that is what all the LEOs I know do! God bless you and the young man who needed your help.

Sherry Knott
3 hours ago
Big Embrey
16 hours ago

Mr. Borne, You rock! Daily you see need and help others. We all appreciate you and your partner. This is but one example of the kindness you've added to the world. This young man deserves a good break--he works hard, attends school, and has a bright future. Everyone who know the story is blessed. Thank you.

Cristin Cooke
23 hours ago

Thank you to the officers who helped this young man. It is not unusual for an officer to go out of his way to help someone in need. This is an act of kindness that this man will always remember and hopefully spread throughout his life.

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