During the snow storm on Thursday there were hundreds of calls to the police department from stranded motorists who needed help. It was a long, hard day and everyone working did a fantastic job. As was mentioned in the blog on Friday, both the community and the officers did an extraordinary job of stepping up to this winter challenge.
Officer Dianna Brokaw sent an email to her supervisor telling us what a great job the community did and how much of an impact it made on her ability to do her job that day.
Officer Brokaw writes: “My patrol car got stuck 3 times and citizens pushed me out of the snow. Also, traffic was stopped on westbound I-435 on the exit ramp to Quivira. All the traffic trying to merge from US69 was also stopped. Several men came to me asking about plows and tow trucks and I explained this scene was one of many, and crews were working as quickly as they could.
After about an hour, a few of the men asked if there was anything they could do. Jokingly, I said if they could push the 50-plus cars up the ramp, I would direct traffic and get everyone off the highway. They did it!
About 30 to 40 men, in groups of 5 or 6, systematically pushed one vehicle after another up the ramp so they could exit onto Quivira. They even managed to get one of the semi trucks off the ramp. There were people digging with shovels and someone with a small plow on the front of his truck made three passes on the ramp so vehicles could make it up. Once the ramp was clear, they helped me direct cars up the hill at a pace that allowed them to make it to the top without getting stuck again. In all, about 200 vehicles got off the highway and were finally able to continue their trek home. Everyone was in good spirits and no one complained.
It is well known that the American people are resilient, hard working, and generous; especially in times of trouble. Our community really came through for us and I believe we owe them a debt of gratitude for their assistance. Well, at least I do.”
Officer Dianna Brokaw #933