Girls grateful for Muscatine Co. deputy's act of true kindness
WQAD -- It's an act of kindness that has gone viral, a Muscatine County (Iowa) Sheriff's Deputy went out of his way to help a group of girls stranded on the side of the road.
Monday night, February 15, 2016, a car with four girls in it sat on the side of Highway 61. A Muscatine County Sheriff's Deputy pulled over and noticed the car was overheated.
"He could have said, 'Well, you have a cell phone that works, I guess if you can`t get your car started you can call a tow truck.' He could have left, but that's not what happened," said Sheriff C.J Ryan.
Instead, the deputy follows the girls to a gas station; what happened next was captured on video by one of the girls.
He buys coolant, and pours it in the car for them.
"He just went above and beyond what anyone could have ever expected," said one the girls, Erin Terpenning.
Sheriff Ryan heard about the story through social media, and he says it's not surprising. Deputy Dustin Brooks is a 10-year veteran of the department.
"It's not out of character for him to do something like this," said Sheriff Ryan.
Since the beginning of the week, the video has been shared hundreds of times and had more than 59,000 views.
"A lot of times you see these negative law enforcement stories, and I see that they've been viewed a lot of times. It's nice when you see a positive law enforcement story that gone viral, too," said Sheriff Ryan.
The girls are giving thanks to the man that, they say, made sure they were safe.
"I just want to say thank you so much, because anything could have happened to us," said Kierra Quinn.