When an older woman took her car to a shop for a small fix, she got the bad news that she needed to get all new tires. The 92-year-old woman didn’t know that a state trooper was listening when she told the mechanic that she wouldn’t be getting the tires changed.
Integrity Tires in Texas’s Richmond
A nail got stuck in one of Mary Summers’ tires. She is 92 years old and lives in Texas. She went to Integrity Tires in Richmond, Texas, to get the tire fixed. There, she got even more bad news. It wasn’t possible to fix the flat tire. It, along with the other three tires on her car, needed to be replaced.
KHOU said that Mary’s mechanic, Omar Oregueda, said that her car’s four tires were in such bad shape that they couldn’t be fixed. This made the car unsafe to drive. Worse yet, this wasn’t going to be an easy or cheap fix. Mary’s car would need new tires, which would cost her at least $600. Mary didn’t want to hear this news.
Omar Oregueda tells Mary Summers the news while a Texas trooper listens in on them.
Omar was the unfortunate mechanic who had to break the bad news to the old woman. Omar said, “The tire on her car couldn’t be fixed, and the other tires were flat.” “They were already wiped out completely.” Mary wasn’t too happy about this, of course.
Mary knew she couldn’t buy four new tires, so she insisted that Omar tell her the price for just the one with the nail in it. Mary didn’t know it, but a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was sitting behind her and heard the whole tense conversation between the old woman and the mechanic.
Omar Oregueda was forced to tell Mary Summers that she needed four new tires.
The military man thinks about what he should do next.
The trooper knew he couldn’t let Mary drive away in a car that wasn’t safe and could hurt Mary and other people. So, he decided it was time to do something about it himself. As soon as he got to the counter, the soldier left. Not long after that, Omar came back to talk to Mary.
Mary was surprised when the mechanic told her that she would get four new tires that day, and that all of them would be done for free. “He told me, ‘They’re paid for and everything.'” And I asked, “Who bought it?” “And he said, ‘The trooper who was in here,'” she remembered. “And I can barely talk about it now because it makes me want to cry. And, after doing it, he left.”
The trooper walks up to the counter before he leaves.
Trooper Drew Stoner of the Texas DPS had paid for the tires in secret and then left.
Mary’s good luck didn’t end there, though. It seems that the trooper’s kindness spread, which is why Omar Oregueda did something nice for Mary Summers. He changed her oil for free. “For a stranger to take care of another stranger like that… let’s just take care of each other,” Omar said. “That’s all there is to it.”
KHOU was able to find the officer who did the good thing and surprise Mary one last time. She wanted to thank the man who helped her properly, but he paid quietly and left before she could do so. The news station was able to make up for this one mistake by putting Mary Summers back in touch with Texas DPS Trooper Drew Stoner, who paid for her tires out of the goodness of his heart.
Mary Summers was happy to hear that someone had paid for her tires.
Mary Summers is grateful to Trooper Stoner.
The Texas state trooper was a hero to Mary Summers, who was down on her luck and couldn’t afford new tires. But Trooper Stoner said he didn’t help Mary so that he could be famous for it. He just wanted to make sure she was safe. “I’m thinking, ‘What if she goes out on the road and a tire blows out on her, kind of falls apart on her, and she’s stuck on the side of the road?'” he said.
Mary will always be grateful to the trooper for being kind. During a teary reunion, she told Trooper Stoner, “I’m so thankful for you, and I’m so proud of you. I’m glad to meet someone with such a big heart. I love you so much I could die.” We completely agree. Trooper Stoner did an amazing job of being kind. We need more police officers like him in our neighborhoods.