Police officer's Facebook post thanking Florida community goes viral


MILTON, Fla. (WEAR) - A blown tire during any trip can be irritating. Add in a massive hurricane plus a deadline to get your family moved and that is exactly the pressure Tommy Burgs was under.

"We brought our RV up here because it looked like it's a Category 5 and if my roof blows off, we want to have a place to live," he said.

Burgs is a police officer in Pembroke Pines near Fort Lauderdale. Last week, he evacuated his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Camryn and Jordan to the Milton KOA.

Burgs hauled the travel trailer a day before his family arrived in a separate car. He planned to then turn around and help with relief efforts in South Florida.

?? for your Monday. Milton community turned a trying experience into a positive one for a S. #Florida ?? officer evacuating his family @weartv

-- Allie Norton (@AllieWEAR) September 11, 2017 He got a flat tire on the way here, so he ended up at Florida Stores of Milton for replacement.

"I said, 'I've spent most of what I could spend on my hurricane preparations, I still need to get home,'" Burgs explained.

His truck was going to need four new tires, but he did not have the money to spend.

#Milton man pays for 4 new tires for a police officer evacuating from #Irma. The story at 10p on @weartv #C3N

-- Hudson MIller (@Hudson_Miller15) September 11, 2017 Enter David Cooper. He is a regular at the store and overheard Burgs' story.

Cooper has a similar truck and offered his tires. They were not the right size, but Cooper was determined to help.

"He says, 'You're getting four tires, you're not paying a dime and you're not allowed to say no,'" Burgs recalled.

Cooper bought four new tires for Burgs' truck.

"I just did what I was supposed to do and he's doing what he's supposed to do," Cooper said. "It's like throwing a rock into a pond. It's got a ripple effect."

Overwhelmed, Burgs went across the way to buy donuts for everyone at the shop. He told the owner of Milton Quality Bakery about what they were doing and the owner would not take his money either.

"He can barely speak because he's telling me this story and he's just in awe of the generosity," Burgs' wife, Lisa said.

He posted about the experience on Facebook. As of Monday night, it has been shared almost 6,500 times. Cooper said he did not want the attention.

"He said he loved me after he got through and that's enough," Cooper said.

Burgs never imagined that so much good could come from a flat tire.

"I guess angels live in Milton, Florida and wear blue jeans," Burgs said.

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