Off-duty cop helps stranded motorist
Resident suspects foul-play; but completely wrong
A reader by the name of “Ryan” sent some iPhone pictures in the other day and said:
“Just saw this HPD officer filling an empty gas tank on Newark, just south of Grand. He was looking around like he didn’t want to get seen so I tried to discreetly take a few pics. What’s up with this? I didn’t get the plate of the car, but it was not a municipal vehicle for sure. Jersey plates.”
I responded to the reader suggesting that it could have been that the car ran out of gas – but decided to inquire with the Hoboken PD to see if I could find out more. Here’s what I discovered:
- For one, this was an off-duty officer returning after a shift.
- He had pulled over when he saw two women broken down on the side of the road, and learned that they had run out of gas – and had no money.
- He volunteered to go to the gas station up to road and purchased gas with his own money, and helped the ladies get back on the road.
Hoboken411 gets thousands of emails weekly – and has even published several of the “city offender” photos that have been submitted (like Public Safety Director Angel Alicea who obviously abuses whatever power he thinks he has…) – but most go unpublished, because there is simply not enough information. And in this instance – an officers good deeds need to be met with praise – not suspicion.
Some people in town have a cynical attitude when looking at all police officers, when those upholding the law on the streets of Hoboken aren’t the policy makers – they’re just the most visible sign of government.
Now it’s true there are bad seeds in every single group you can think of (churches, city councils, charities, teachers and so on) – doesn’t mean that animosity is necessary towards all.