Sheriff a true ambassador

On Dec. 19, my family and I were on our way to Denver from Montgomery, Ala., to spend the Christmas holiday with our children and grandchildren. For the first time in 55 years of driving a vehicle, we ran out of gas on Interstate 70 near Hays.

The weather was cold and windy, and there we were sitting on the side of the road trying to get in touch with our roadside assistance service and being told it might take a few hours to get help to us.

Shortly thereafter, an officer pulled up behind us, got out and asked if we needed assistance. It turns out the officer was Sheriff Ed Harbin, who had left his office to get outside and check conditions for the severe weather expected the next day.

What a godsend. Harbin graciously offered to take me to the closest service station, where I purchased a gas can and fuel. The sheriff then returned me to our car and assisted in refueling. He then waited until we were ready to go and made sure we were safely on our way.

I am a former city manager of 35 years and keenly aware of the outstanding service our law enforcement people provide to our communities, as well as how we tend to take them for granted.

We always remember any negative events and rarely extend our appreciation for the selfless dedication these men and women demonstrate daily, fair weather or inclement.

My wife and I want to express our sincere gratitude to Harbin for the time, courteous attention and great feelings he left with us about Hays and Ellis County hospitality. What a great ambassador you have in Harbin. Thank you, and God bless.

Don E. Howell

Eclectic, Ala .