TAMPA -- Officer George Boyd gets plenty of calls about disabled motorists while working the overnight shift. But the one that came in around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday was different: A man reported he had a flat tire — and just a half hour to get to Tampa General Hospital, where a new kidney awaited him.
The Bradenton man is on a kidney transplant waiting list and had received a call a few hours earlier that he was up. He was told to be at TGH at 6 a.m. But as he got into Tampa, the rain started, commuter traffic picked up and, now, the flat tire.
Boyd and his partner, Officer Jason Derocco, caught up with him on Kennedy Boulevard. "He was so scared he'd be late that he started riding on his flat tire on his rim," Boyd said. So the officers had him park his truck in front of the downtown police station. They put a "Do Not Tow" note on the dash and drove him over to TGH.
The officers got the man to the right place, and right on time. Then they headed back to work. They had an hour left on their shift.