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Phoenix Police officer, chief stop to help man change tire


A 93-year-old man got a flat tire. Two Phoenix Police officers went the extra mile and helped change that flat tire. It turns out one of those officers was the Phoenix Police Chief.

FOX 10 photographer Rick Davis was actually driving by when he thought he saw the chief changing a flat tire.

He wasn't sure, so he stopped, and sure enough it was Phoenix's top cop. Chief Daniel Garcia helped to change a flat tire for a 93-year-old man.

"I didn't even have to get my hands dirty. And my knees don't bend and I can't do what he's doing," says 93-year-old Michael Strong.

Friday morning, Michael Strong was driving through a school zone when School Resource Officer Chad Moreth waved him down to tell him he had a flat.

"Told him I could help him change it," says Officer Moreth.

Strong didn't know his tire was flat. Officer Moreth sees the 93-year-old drive by Kenilworth Elementary Every Morning.

"Really grateful to offer to do that."

What Officer Moreth didn't know is -- it's the same route Chief Garcia takes to get to work. When Chief Garcia saw them, he stopped to help too.

"Went the extra mile and changed the tire for him," says Chief Garcia.

"I was shocked to see him but was very proud to see," says Officer Moreth.

At first they had to find a tire iron. Then the spare tire was flat. Chief Garcia stuck around till the job was done.

"Kind of everybody trying to get this gentleman back on the road," says Chief Garcia.

Turns out this 93-year-old owns a jewelry store downtown, one of the oldest businesses in Phoenix.

"I could have sat there 2 hours and had somebody come jack it up and fix it, but he was nice enough," says Strong.

At first he didn't know it was Chief Garcia who stopped to help.

"Oh no he stuck it out all the way, all the way, he's great!"

Through all the changes Strong's seen in this city, and at 93 years old, he learned something today.

"I think this is a part of what a police department does that people don't realize it and appreciate."

We asked the officer if he knew the chief drives by his school every morning. He said he didn't know -- but now he does.

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