Lake County Rodeo Mom ‘Eternally Grateful’ for Southern Humboldt CHP Officer
“I was outside of Rio Dell when my truck died…,” Emerson recalled. She managed to get her truck pulling the horses in a trailer off the road and called her husband for help. However, he was in Lake County and it was going to take him hours to arrive. The area she was in was very remote. “We were literally in the middle of nowhere,” she explained.
“I didn’t want anyone to notice that we were two girls alone,” Emerson said so she turned off the cab light and hunkered down with her daughter to wait.
“I didn’t want [my daughter] to freak out,” she said. “I kept my cool…and put on a Netflix movie.” Luckily, she was getting enough reception for that. As darkness closed in, Emerson said she “was really getting nervous….not because of the dark but because I was a tad scared that someone would notice two girls alone on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere…Right about the time my anxiety was reaching peak point along came Officer Fowler.”
The California Highway Patrol officer pulled in behind her and walked up to her truck. “It must have been scary for him to walk up on our completely dark truck without knowing who was in there,” Emerson said.
When the officer heard what happened, she explained, he tried to help her fix her vehicle. Then he told her he wouldn’t leave her until her husband arrived.
“I actually cried when he told me he was going to stay,” Emerson admitted. “It was quite a long time that we were up there…It had to be quite boring…He would tap on the window every once in awhile and check on us to be sure we were okay.”
Eventually, Emerson’s husband arrived with a truck. Officer Fowler shook her husband’s hand and left once he was sure the mother and daughter were going to be fine.
Amy Emerson called the officer “a sweetheart.”
“Officer Fowler,” she said, “you made my daughter and I feel safe in a treacherous time and I will be eternally grateful!”
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