Heartwarming moment a highway cop stops to help two young sisters change their flat tyre – teaching them an important life skill in the process
- The women were stranded with a puncture by the side of the M1 north of Sydney
- A passing motorcycle cop stopped to help and teach them how to fix it in future
- He became an overnight internet sensation when a video clip of him hit TikTok
- His delighted bosses at NSW Police reposted the video on their Facebook page
A New South Wales highway patrolman has won over the internet after he came to the rescue of a group of young women stranded by the roadside of the busy M1 freeway.
Alanna Smith and her two sisters, Bella and Olivia ,plus cousins Britt and Eb Perrin were left helpless when their car got a puncture near the Brooklyn Bridge over the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney.
But passing motorcycle highway patrol officer Jon Beckerleg became a TikTok star when the shining knight stopped to lend a helping hand to the young ladies.
Within moments, he was inside the car’s boot to find the spare tyre for them before he got down on the ground to change the wheel for them.
And in the process he also gave them a quick lesson in how to do it for themselves in future.
The cop’s kind act came to light when Alanna, 22, from Sydney, shared a video clip of the moment on her @.alannabanana TikTok channel.
The video – with the appropriate backing track ‘Bad Day’ by Daniel Powter – revealed how Britt had told the officer: ‘We don’t have a dad’ as he offered his help.
‘He made it his mission to teach us how to change a tyre,’ captioned Alanna on the video. As he undid the wheelnuts like a pro, she added: ‘Look at him go!’
A New South Wales highway patrolman (pictured) has won over the internet after he came to the rescue of a family of young women stranded by the roadside of the busy M1 freeway
After replacing the wheel, the officer – wearing his highway patrol leather jacket – then showed them how to tighten the bolts on opposite sides.
As they filmed him riding off down the highway after his Good Samaritan act, Alanna added the caption: ‘Bye Dad’.
‘We were so grateful,’ Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia. ‘We were continuously saying thank you!
‘I’m still not confident I’d be able to change a wheel next time I need to – but at least we now have the video to refer to!’
The women were heading home to Sydney after a weekend in Newcastle when they were alerted to a problem with the wheel by passing cars while stuck in traffic.
‘We hadn’t even all got out of the car when the police officer pulled up asking if we were okay and helped us change the tyre,’ said Ms Smith.
‘After everything was finished he helped us pack everything back into my boot and made sure we were all in the car safely – and even made a gap for us to pull out in front of him on the highway before he drove away.’
The passing motorcycle highway patrol officer (pictured) became a TikTok star when the shining knight stopped to lend a helping hand to the damsels in distress
The clip has been viewed 190,000 times in less than 24 hours after it was posted, with plenty of viewers praising the policeman’s good deed.
But it reached an even wider audience when New South Wales Police saw the video and reposted it on their Facebook page, quickly amassing thousands of likes.
‘The traffic officer stopped to help these people who weren’t sure how to change a tyre,’ NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He was concerned for their safety and stopped to assist – and gave them a life lesson in the process too!’
‘That’s a good cop doing his job but lending a helping hand to someone stuck – RESPECT,’ wrote Hector Dean Hill. ‘Not all heroes wear capes,’ added Pauline Ringland.
But others said the clip highlighted the need for basic car care maintenance to be part of driving licence requirements.
‘Great work from the officer. Hopefully he is rewarded for this,’ wrote Beggsy Beggs. ‘It does however show how woefully inadequate our driver training is.
‘This should be a requirement of getting your P plates. You should be able to check, and top up, all fluids, check tyre pressures, change a globe and change a tyre as a minimum.
‘If you can’t do this then you may be driving an unsafe vehicle.’