VICTORVILLE – Soldiers stranded and hungry while en route to Ft. Irwin for training were met with a thoughtful gift from Victorville California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. On Friday, April 27, 2018, at around 7:00 p.m. four CHP officers located a military transport bus that was blocking the #3 lane of traffic of the 15 freeway in Victorville. The officers pulled behind the bus to investigate and activated their patrol lights.
Nearly 70 soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard exited the bus and jumped over the concrete barrier. They explained that they flew from Tennessee to San Diego that day. Once in San Diego, they got onto the bus en route to Ft. Irwin when the transmission to the bus went out. They called for another bus, but that bus, although on its way, was still two hours away. “ The Officers were able to utilize one of the patrol vehicles push bumper to push the bus to an emergency parking area, out of the traffic lane,” CHP officials said. “The soldiers got a kick out of that since they didn’t think our little patrol car could push a bus.”
The officers learned that during this long day, the soldiers had not eaten anything. One of the officers could not believe that these soldiers had not been fed and felt that it was his duty to make sure that they had a proper meal. One officer went to the Dominos located on Hook Boulevard, and another went to the Pizza Hut on Palmdale Road and El Evado in Victorville. “With the support of these two establishments, and the Officers paying for 17 pizzas and drinks, they able to bring dinner back to the emergency area the soldiers were waiting at for the next bus,” said CHP officials added.
Officers rolled up to the hungry soldiers, still parked in the emergency area. The officers announced the loudspeaker that they had pizza for them. The soldiers excited to have a warm meal after an extended day waved and helped unload the pizzas as the said, ” Who’s the best?!”, and they answer, “CHP HUA!” Grateful for the generosity the CHP officers and the Soldiers thanked each other for their service.
This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization
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