Paying it forward: Laguna Beach police officers pay to have Marine's car towed to Camp Pendleton

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 14:33:55-04

(KGTV) - A Camp Pendleton Marine experiencing car problems on his way back to his base got a helping hand from Laguna Beach police.

On June 20, just before 7:30 p.m., Laguna Beach police officers responded to a broken-down car on Laguna Canyon Road. When officers spoke to the driver, they learned he was a Marine who needed to get back to his base, but he didn’t have the money to pay to have the car towed all the way to Camp Pendleton, Laguna Beach Sgt. Jim Cota told the Orange County Register.

Cota told the newspaper that one of the officers used his personal AAA membership to cover the maximum seven-mile tow distance limit. The other officer paid the remaining $333 with his own credit card to have the car towed to the base.

“They did it out of the goodness of their hearts,” Cota told the paper.