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Acknowledging a 'very kind deed' — woman wants to thank Rockdale officer

Officer Kurt Griffing returned to change woman's tire

A Rockdale police officer was in the right place at the right time last week when he spotted a woman with a flat tire.
A Rockdale police officer was in the right place at the right time last week when he spotted a woman with a flat tire.

ROCKDALE – A Rockdale police officer was in the right place at the right time last week when he spotted a woman with a flat tire.

Officer Kurt Griffing, who has been a member of the Rockdale Police Department for two years, was performing a routine business check Thursday night at the gas station near the intersection of Moen and Larkin avenues in Rockdale, Chief Robert Dykstra said.

As Griffing walked inside the station, he noticed a vehicle with a flat tire. A woman nearby, Toni Tadin, said she was waiting on AAA. Tadin had turned into the station after realizing she had a flat.

Griffing told Tadin to call the department if she needed help, when he left, Dykstra said.

And she did.

“After waiting two [hours] for Triple A to respond to my call for help, Officer Griffin[g] graciously offered his assistance and changed my tire,” Tadin said in an email to The Herald-News.

She wanted to give Griffing “kudos” and “acknowledge a very kind deed” after the incident.

Dykstra was appreciative that Tadin reached out.

“The officers a lot of times do things like this and don’t get a lot of thanks or praise,” he said.

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