Desperate Mother Calls Police After Running Out of Gas and Getting Stranded in Heat


There are two kinds of people in this world: those who fill up their car’s gas as soon as the tank is less than half full, and those who run on fumes and use every last drop before pulling into a gas station.

It takes a lot of mental math and specific calculations to be able to gauge exactly how far you can get with the gas you have left — unless, of course, you have one of those newer cars that calculates it for you.

Despite modern marvels and updated machinery, there are still times all the right planning can end in failure.

For one mom, that came in the form of being very low on gas after going shopping. She did what she was supposed to: She pulled into a Shell Station to fill up.

But the gas station had run out of gas. Rather ironic, if you think about it — but certainly not unheard of.

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But another element complicated the issue. It was very hot out, and the woman had her baby with her.

If the car ran out of gas, it would be more than an inconvenience. It would be dangerous.

“On my way home from the farmers market this morning, I stop at the shell gas station to get gas,” the anonymous mom shared on Facebook. “The gas station had no gas. Seriously, they were out of regular gas! Proceed 2 miles down the road to another gas station and I ran out of gas (I know what you’re thinking.. She should have gotten gas sooner but I didn’t so I’ll proceed with the story).”

“Myla is screaming and it’s insanely hot out. I called a tow company to bring gas and they couldn’t be there for an hour, so I called and asked for a police officer to let me sit in their car in the air conditioning while I waited. Larison, an officer for Kalamazoo Public Safety, arrived and we were able to cool off in her car.”

Saved! The mother and daughter would not die of heat stroke. But the officer went a step further than merely keeping them cool.

“She told me to call and cancel the tow,” the post continued. “She called a fellow officer and asked her to bring their gas can. I wish I would have gotten her name. After putting gas in my car, she followed me to the gas station to make sure I got there okay. Thank you ladies for helping this frazzled momma out today!”

The officer offered protection from the elements and fuel, but the baby also took a shine to her. Even a young child can recognize kindness!

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“While I was in the car with Larison, we got to talking, and I asked her if she wanted to hold Myla. I have never seen her smile so big and talk so much!”

The mom knew there was one more thing she needed to do, even after she and her daughter were safe and sound. She felt compelled to share her story, to affirm the actions of the kind policewomen but also assure people that there are still good cops out there.

“I got to thinking about all that has been going on with police officers. They aren’t just police officers, they are normal people just like us! These men and women only want to do good, they have hearts too. Don’t let the very few who aren’t, be the image you portray for all of them. This is what police officers do. This is why they matter!”

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