Trooper helps with flat tire

Melissa Hatcher says Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Dennis changed her flat tire. 

A Pittsburg County mom is thankful an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper helped her with a flat tire.

Melissa Hatcher said she pulled over about five miles east of Hartshorne on State Highway 1 with a flat tire Friday on the way to pick up her children from Haileyville Public Schools when OHP trooper Christopher Dennis stopped to help.

Trooper Dennis asked her if everything was OK before she told him about the flat and he offered to change it for her, Hatcher said.

“I was so thankful when he stopped,” Hatcher said. “I was about to call my husband to leave work to come change it when he pulled over to help.”

Hatcher said she was unsure if her car's flat-tire light was accurate, but the trooper helped her find the hole in the sidewall of the tire before changing it.

Her 2-year-old Jaxtin was upset during the process before the trooper gave him a sticker and let him sit in OHP vehicle, she said.

Hatcher said the trooper talked with her for 30 minutes afterward and told her he doesn't usually take that route home but wanted different scenery after finishing his shift.

"He really went above and beyond," Hatcher said. "He was a godsend that day for sure."

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