The Meridian Star
I write to express my appreciation to the good people of Meridian.
Last week I drove over there to catch the Crescent to South Carolina.
Upon removing my bag from my car, I realized that my tire was going flat. I scurried in to the station, checked in, and got advice from the counter clerk about nearby service stations.
I was at the traffic light at Front (Street) and 22nd (Avenue) when a gentleman crossing the street waved at me and called out, "Ma'am, your tire is flat! Pull over! Pull over!" Of course I did, and he began to help me.
He called around to find a mobile tire service without success, so he ushered me inside King Loan Company to wait while he drove away to borrow a tank of compressed air, which he used upon his return to inflate the now completely flattened tire.
Then he said, "Follow me" and we quickly drove nearby to Chaney's Tire Service. He spoke to the man in charge, explaining that I was trying to catch the Crescent at 11 o'clock, whereupon the serviceman went directly to work.
More quickly than you can say "Good Samaritan," my tire was repaired and I was back at Union Station, just in time to board my train. As a stranger in town, I would never have managed all this by myself in such a short time, and my trip would have been ruined.
I want to express my thanks to the kind people of Meridian — at King Loan, at Chaney's Tire Service, and at Union Station. But most of all, I want to congratulate the city on having produced a gentleman named David Purvis; he exemplifies the Christian ideals of compassion and service to which all of us aspire. I thank him and I salute his generous spirit!