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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to two strangers for help in our time of need

Dear Truckee residents: On Saturday, Aug. 27, my girlfriend and I were traveling from Graeagle back to our homes in Acampo, Calif. Fifteen miles outside of Truckee on Highway 89, we felt that ugly sensation that means a flat tire. We quickly pulled off at the next turnout and discovered the passenger side front was very flat.

We had no cell service there and couldnand#8217;t even call for help. About the same time, a darling dog ran up to us wet from the river and showing off his catching stick. Following the dog was his owner, a nice man named Martin. We asked Martin if he could help us and he said and#8220;yes.and#8221;

With that, he started to work on changing the tire. All of us were in the same age category where changing a tire used to be a simple affair. The spare was somewhere loose in the vehicle or attached by an over-sized and#8220;wind up key,and#8221; and the jack went either under the front bumper or rear bumper. That and the lug wrench were all you needed.

Not so nowadays. Following some frustrating moments when we all realized that the spare tire lock and#8220;keyand#8221; looked more like a dog whistle and was found in the glove box, the tire got changed and we were back on our way with an admonishment to get the air checked at the first gas station we came across.

Martin never lost patience and persevered with our tire change. When we got to Truckee, we stopped and another nice man at the downtown station gladly checked our tire pressure so we could go on our way. Our thanks to the wonderful residents of Truckee, who took care of two strangers in need. You rescued our day.

Marty Paras

Acampo, Calif.