To serve and protect


Editor, The Commercial:

On Dec. 4, I was driving down Linden Street during a torrential rain storm and noticed that a Pine Bluff police officer had pulled over with his blue lights flashing. Due to the rain, I thought there had been an accident, so I slowed down to pass. What I witnessed was so wonderfully overwhelming, I would like to share it with your readers.

The officer was not working an accident, but was shielding a wheelchair-bound gentleman from the coldness of the rain. He and another gentleman, who apparently lived in front of where the gentleman was stranded, were protecting him from the elements of the rain. The police officer’s name was Chris Wieland, but I do not know the name of the man with the umbrella.

To Officer Wieland, you brought new meaning to the slogan on the side of your car: “To Serve and Protect,” and to the gentleman with the umbrella, “thank you” for proving that Pine Bluff still has caring and compassionate people. You both are “heroes” in my eyes. True acts of kindness do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Kay Waymack

Pine Bluff