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Area woman forgets keys; local police save day

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
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I’m a really forgetful person. It’s one of my most enduring, and unfortunate, character traits. I have an excellent memory when it comes to random trivia facts, but I will forget to return a movie to Redbox until I’ve kept it so long it belongs to me.

I used to forget my keys in my car all the time, locking them inside.

Racey Burden

Racey Burden

To be fair to myself, the key fob for my car hasn’t worked in years. Switching out the battery didn’t fix it. So to lock my car, I have to use the door locks. It’s a lot easier to lock your keys in the car when you don’t need them outside of the car for it to lock.

The locksmiths in my college town saw me a lot.

But I hadn’t locked my keys in my car for well over a year… until about a month ago. Then I made this unfortunate error twice in two weeks.

I was at the airport in Bridgeport the first time and attending a Rhome city council meeting for work the second time. My forgetfulness spans the county.

Luckily, we have some very patient and helpful police officers in these local municipalities. I didn’t need to call a locksmith either time.

I knew from my weeks on police scanner duty that most law enforcement agencies in Wise will do vehicle unlocks if they aren’t out on more important calls, so the first time I locked my keys inside I called Bridgeport Police Department.

Corp. Greg Romine drove out to the airport and unlocked my car, which was no small feat, because he had to pull the keys out of the driver’s door pocket.

In Rhome, two of the city’s officers came to my rescue. Sgt. Robin Adair was attending the council meeting, and he called Officer Bryan Pickler to come out and unlock my car for me. He also let me sit in his patrol car while we waited for Pickler to arrive, for which I was very thankful – it was a cold night, and I was wearing a dress.

I know that in the grand scheme of things all of these officers probably had more important things they could have been doing, and I know many larger towns don’t send police out to unlock vehicles in non-emergency situations anymore. But I’m very grateful to all of them for their help.

It’s a little embarrassing to admit to the general audience of this paper that I’ve done this twice in such a short period of time, but I also wanted to recognize the officers for getting me out of these small binds (one of my coworkers suggested that they helped a damsel in distress, but I hate that term with a passion – let’s say they helped a woman who was mildly inconvenienced).

Thank you for supporting your community in ways both large and small, gentlemen. I really do appreciate it.

Racey Burden is a reporter for the Messenger.

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