ShareThis Page

Pittsburgh beautiful, kind

| Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 9:09 p.m.

On Jan. 3, I got a flat tire after dropping my son off at Duquesne University. I limped my car toward Carlow University in hopes of finding a garage to help or an out-of-the-way place to change my tire.

I asked a road crew about a garage. They said they didn't know but maybe the man behind them would. He turned out to be Pittsburgh police Officer M. Johnson, who looked at my tire and said, “Back up, I will change it for you.” He was professional, calm and a blessing.

As an ER nurse, I am normally the one who is calm, but that day I was flustered. I had an appointment at Duquesne in an hour. He said, “It's OK, I will get you back on the road.” Within 15 minutes, and with a hydraulic jack from the crew, I was ready to go. I could not thank him enough and the last thing he said to me was, “Pay it forward.”

This brought tears to my eyes. I didn't catch the crew's names, but they all helped as well. I did “pay it forward” the next day and the day after, when I got home.

I fell in love with Pittsburgh about two years ago when I first visited and brought my two kids to college here. They are in love with it, too. Everyone is nice and I always feel like I am driving “home” when I leave the Hershey area to go to Pittsburgh.

Thanks for the beautiful city and your kindness. Be proud of who you are and what you have. Most importantly, pay it forward.

Nicole Cruci


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.