To The Editor:
My family and I were driving to North Carolina from the New Orleans area through Cleveland on a recent Saturday when we noticed something that smelled like burning rubber. We pulled into a gas station on Highway 64-74 where a very nice couple on the way to a fishing trip tried to help us, and then pointed out [Constable] Dewayne Hicks who was just pulling into the station, as someone who knows EVERYONE and EVERYTHING in Cleveland and would be glad to help us.
He spent the better part of an hour looking under our car (in his nice clean clothes), inspecting the tires and brakes (it turned out to be a frozen caliper), and calling around to find some place open who could work on brakes.
Unfortunately, everything was closed (by then it was 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon), so he then spent more time making sure the caliper released and he told us how to drive to avoid another lock-up until we could get to a dealership on Monday morning.
We followed his guidance and were OK until we could get it repaired.
We are so appreciative of the time and concern Mr. Hicks showed us and we wanted the people of Cleveland to know what kind of elected official they have [in Hicks]. If there were more people as kind and empathetic as Dewayne Hicks, what a better place this world would be. We will make sure to pay forward his kindness to us.
We didn’t know how to thank Mr. Hicks other than to make a public statement, so we hope you’ll find this worthy of your Editorial Page.
— Pat Loewe