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Valley man grateful for helping hand

Posted at 3:27 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 09:19:14-04

CHANDLER, AZ — A Valley man, so appreciative for a helping hand, is doing all he can to credit, of all people - his insurance agent.

Jerry Thomas, 76, told ABC15 his truck suffered a flat tire near Warner Road and Arizona Avenue last week in the middle of the afternoon, with soaring temperatures.

"First time in my life that I didn't know...what to do," Thomas said.

Thomas says he called his insurance agent and was given the number for roadside service, but was told to call back if the tow company would take an extended period of time. He says he called his agent back when the wait time was up to two hours and was surprised when his agent offered to come change the tire himself.

"I couldn't believe it," Thomas said.

Thomas called ABC15 in an effort to express his appreciation. "I just knew [he] had to be talked about and let people know there are good people here in the Valley, we just have to seek them out," Thomas said.

The insurance agent, Mike Miller with State Farm, says he's changed tires for people in the past but was surprised how much it meant to Thomas.

"It was a situation where he wasn't far from the office, I knew that he was out there in the heat and that wasn't ok and I know how to do it, that was the biggest thing," Miller said. "It wouldn't have been any different if I was driving by and saw somebody who was broke down on the side of the road, you're going to stop and help them."

Thomas, however, says he was so grateful for the help he hasn't stopped talking about it.

"I go to karaoke about five nights a week," he said. "I have told everybody at karaoke."