JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Jackson police officer lends a helping hand, and it catches the eye of a passerby who snapped a picture and added it to social media.
WJTV Reporter Katey Roh found out the officer in the picture is Don Knotts.
When she caught up with Officer Knotts he said lending a helping hand is what he does. “We all are bound by duty, and we enjoy what we do. That’s why we do what we do,” said Officer Knotts.
Officer Knotts has been an officer for 19 years. He says most of his mornings start out about the same way. “I make a loop of the perimeter of my beat prior to going into the inside checking the businesses,” said Officer Knotts.
His Wednesday morning patrol was a little different, according to Knotts. “I observed a female parked at the air pump, and she appeared to be stranded and in need of some assistance,” said Knotts. “I pulled over and she advised me that she was on her way to work and hit a pothole and she was about to change her tire.”
So Officer Knotts stepped up. With his help, it only took about 10 minutes to get the woman’s tire fixed.
“She appeared to be very appreciative, and I was glad I could do something to put a smile on her face and help her make another dollar and potentially save her job,” Officer Knotts said.
This isn’t the first time Knotts has had to help a driver in need. “Approximately once a week I encounter someone who is stopped at the air pump, who’s had a flat of some sort or some engine problems,” said Knotts.
No matter how many people Officer Knotts helps, he says knowing that he’s made someone’s morning a little easier makes his job worth it.
“Honestly, after 19 years of being a Jackson Police officer, there’s not much more I’d rather see myself doing,” he said.