Navasota Police Chief Justin Leeth surprised his Officer Mike Garcia during city council by calling him and his wife, Sissy, forward to reveal an email from the manager of a Houston trucking company about what he called “an extraordinary act of kindness.”
“On January 16th at around 6:15 am during the freezing weather, one of our trucks was trying to maneuver around a group of emergency vehicles on Highway 6, and slid on the ice which caused it to exit the freeway,” the Chief read from the email. “His truck had to be towed and the driver had nowhere to go and no one to pick him up. Officer Garcia took our driver to his home and provided him with food and shelter until the next day when he could get a ride back to Houston.”
In his email to Chief Leeth, Thomas Maddox of EPO Logistics went on to praise Officer Garcia, who will celebrate his second decade of service to Navasota this March.
Maddox said he could see taking him to the Police Department or to a shelter. “But too take him to his own home and feed him five meals,” he went on, “goes beyond kind.”
Maddox wrote the Chief that he’s had dealings with police departments throughout the state and beyond. “And it is a rare when an officer’s actions takes me by surprise. Officer Garcia’s actions did just that. They went want above what was expected of him.”
Everyone on the dais and the entire audience then rose to give the only slightly embarrassed Garcia a heartfelt round of applause. And we here at Navasota News add our congratulations to Navasota Police Officer Michael Garcia, for a job well-done.