You're on the tightest deadline ever while driving your company vehicle, when you notice the gas is a little low. So, you stop and fill up, but when you get back inside, the vehicle won't start. No matter how many times you grit your teeth and try turning the key, it just won't fire up and go. Yikes!
That was the situation that Prescott Police Officer Daryl Gladstein was in on November 20, 2009. The problem was, he wasn't driving just any ol' police car - no, his vehicle is affectionately called, "the Peacekeeper" and is used by the SWAT team. Officer Gladstein, dressed in full SWAT gear, was on his way to Prescott Valley to assist in a hostage situation, and he really had to get on his way. But the Peacekeeper refused to start.
That's when Kenny White and Larry LeForte, two Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) employees in the Facilities Department, came to the rescue. During a Commendation Presentation at the PUSD Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, Police Chief Mike Kabbel explained what happened:
White and LeForte were surprised to be asked to attend the School Board meeting, and they really had no idea why they had been summoned. They looked a little uncomfortable at the attention and kind of smiled as Chief Kabbel spoke, but didn't say anything.
After all, it was just part of a day's work.
The Peacekeeper (photo courtesy of the City of Prescott)