Police Colonel Yuri Rychkov, the head of Russia's UMVD for Tver Oblast, received a letter from Sergey Tikhonov, a resident of the town of Alexandrov, Vladimir Oblast. The man thanked the Tver police chief for the help rendered to him by the patrol and guard service employees of the inter-municipal department "Kalyazinsky" of Russia's MVD.
In his letter, Sergey Tikhonov wrote that in April this year, he had gone fishing to the Nerl River located within the territory of the Kalyazin District, Tver Oblast. On the way to the spot, the car had hit a pit resulting in puncturing the front wheel. As luck would have it, there had been no spare wheel or tools in the car, and Segey had decided to drive back the car with the wheel deflated.
He had covered about 15 kilometers like that yet it had turned out that the nearest tire fitting shop was open in summer only. The fisherman had not had enough money to have his car repaired, buy a new wheel, have the wheel fitted etc.
In order to reach the nearest town of Kalyazin, Sergey Tikhonov tried to stop cars passing by but none of the drivers stopped to help the man. The only car to stop was a patrol and guard service car with two road policemen - Viktor Semenov and Dmitry Shaikin. The policemen asked the man what had happened to him, and offered their help.
The employees of the patrol and guard service took the unlucky fisherman to the auto parts shop where he bought a wheel and tools he needed. Then the road policemen helped Sergey change the wheel on his car, and when he offered them money for their assistance, they just smiled: "It is our principle to help people for free, this is our job!"
Sergey Tikhonov finished his letter with the following words: "I am deeply grateful to your employees. I believe the warm thank-you words are worth more than money for these guys".
Currently, the head of Russia's UMVD for Tver Oblast is considering rewarding the employees of the patrol and guard service.
Press Service of Russia's UMVD for Tver Oblast