When you are lost, almost out of gas and your cell phone has no data left on it you start getting nervous. An important meeting in an unfamiliar area leaving Grace Atherton in these circumstances left her hoping for a break and it came in the form of a K-9 Officer named Ron Shelnutt and his partner “Kyto”.
My phone data was out, I had just finished an important appointment; afterwards found my fuel tank was way below empty and I was in an unfamiliar area. After driving for about 15 minutes to try to find a fuel station to no avail I prayed, “God please send someone, an angel, or something and please help me find a fuel station.” He did.Grace Atherton posted on her facebook page.
Officer Shelnutt happened to be walking out of his Station House and noticed Atherton and the worried look she had on her face when she had pulled into the Police Station.
Atherton stated to WTHR.com “It was like one of those days where it’s just one thing on top of another. And I was just so frustrated so finally I was, like, ‘I don’t even know what to do’,” Grace Atherton said.
Officer Shelnutt knew what to do as well. He escorted her to the closest gas station instead of just giving her directions. Knowing that if she ran out of gas that he would be there to give further assistance. Stating “When you commit to helping somebody that’s running low on fuel, you also commit to sort of pushing the car. So I was trying to expedite getting her to the station and I remember we had to sit at a couple of red lights and I was just, like, ‘Please don’t run out of gas’,” Shelnutt said.
Atherton was so grateful regarding the incident that she posted a photo on Facebook of herself and Officer Shewhich drew some attention along with her thoughts:
Credit: Grace Atherton Facebook Page
“My phone data was out, I had just finished an important appointment; afterwards found my fuel tank was way below empty and I was in an unfamiliar area. After driving for about 15 minutes to try to find a fuel station to no avail I prayed, “God please send someone, an angel, or something and please help me find a fuel station.” He did. A sweet lady standing by, Chris McClain, used a camera to capture me thanking this officer who I followed in my car to a fuel station (he wanted to make sure I could find it and didn’t run out before getting there). A retired Air Force veteran, aerial photographer, husband and father, I am so grateful he was there that day. For all the men and women out there, like this gentleman, who became police officers to make the world a better place, who care about people, help those in need, defend the defenseless, protect the unprotected and who just want to go home to their family safely-thank you from the bottom of our hearts! To two of my friends, Dana Savino Shook & Dora Shelton, married to policemen like this – thank you! Your families are in our thoughts and prayers! Your job is not easy or glamorous but we are so… grateful for what you do!“