Find the Good: One Tire’d Teacher
As I was driving in the scorching heat of the afternoon sun, I peered over to see a couple of vehicles pulled off to the side of the road, with three people gathered around the car in front. Being naturally nosey and curious, I suspected the vehicle had a flat tire. When I pulled over and got out of my car, my suspicions were confirmed. And then the feels hit me. 80 yr old Janet Oschenshirt was bringing her husband, 83 yr old Werner Oschenshirt back from the hospital when their front tire decided it didn’t want to hold air anymore. In the middle of the blazing hot sun, our first hero, Jeff Stirland pulled over to help.
He wasted no time in pulling out the equipment the elderly couple had in the trunk of their car. However, the tools there were not up for the job of switching out the tire. That wouldn’t stop Jeff as he continued trying to work to loosen the rusted lug nuts. Knowing we needed backup, I quickly called a close friend of mine, Parker Daniels, the second hero of our story. Parker, owning every tool known to man and able to fix anything and everything, quickly arrived on scene. He and Jeff continued to work on the wheel, while Jeff took 83 yr old Werner to his vehicle to escape the 95 degree heat while the tire was changed.
After some fighting with rusted and stubborn lug nuts, the tire was soon changed. Janet, so appreciative for the help and goodness of Jeff and willingness to stop at a moment’s notice, tried desperately to give him some money for his troubles. Jeff politely and kindly refused. According to him, the opportunity to help someone was payment enough. I, however, was more persistent. Sharing with Jeff and Parker our project of “Finding the Good” here at Craig Swapp and Associates, I asked if I could take some pictures and share the story. Jeff and Parker both agreed. Again, asking Jeff what we could do to thank him for his goodness, he humbly shared with me that he is a teacher for a school in Magna and his students are in need of supplies. With a humble answer from a teacher caring for his students, how could we not support him? Here at Craig Swapp & Associates we are thrilled to support our teachers, and those doing good in our community. We are grateful to support and to Find the Good. Thank you to Jeff and Parker!!