Stranded sisters praise officers who rescued them
Officers who went above and beyond to help the women get back on track for their vacation left a big impression on them
By Samantha Bryson
The Commercial Appeal
MEMPHIS — Sarah and Charlyce Poindexter, a pair of retired Georgia sisters with a shared love of road trips, were on their way to Bentonville, Ark., when disaster struck in Memphis. Lost and distracted, the sisters were trying to figure out how to get back on the highway on March 24 when Sarah slammed on her brakes to avoid running a red light, but to no avail.
She skidded into the intersection, brakes squealing, and slammed into a pickup, which collided with another car. Charlyce, 64, was in tears, and it seemed like their trip was over — that is, until the cops showed up.
One of the officers unloaded their bags from the car, loaded them into his own and took both the women and their dog to the airport to rent a car, all while reassuring them that everything was going to be all right. Officers Camron Briggs and Jason Pynkala were so kind, efficient and reassuring to the Poindexter sisters that Sarah drafted a letter to Mayor A C Wharton commending the officers she said were “of the highest caliber.”