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Local Woman Thankful for CHP Officers Kindness

VICTORVILLE:( Victorville resident Mena Garcia, contacted Victor Valley News wishing to express her sincere gratitude towards a local California Highway Patrol officer.

Many times in the media we hear about negative situations involving law enforcement and it seems we rarely hear about the good deed’s performed day after day.

Mena Garcia, recently purchased a new car seat for her 9-month old granddaughter whom she takes care of while her “mommy” goes to work.

Garcia explained that since her vehicle is 18-years-old, the newer car seats are not easily compatible with her vehicle.

“Since we got the car seat we’ve had a very difficult time trying to get it to fit the proper way into the seat. My Granddaughter was always sitting sideways and it was just very dangerous. So instead, we just decided not to use it until we could find someone who could help us install it the proper way.”

According to the California Department of Public Health, “Children under the age of one are required to ride in a REAR-FACING car seat in the back seat; although national recommendations are to keep children rear-facing to age two.”

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Garcia decided to drive over to the Victorville CHP office and ask for help. When they arrived CHP Officer Matthew Hunt greeted Garcia and her younger daughter. Even though they didn’t have a scheduled appointment, he graciously opted to see what he could do to help them.

“He explained why we had a hard time installing the baby seat. It was very hot outside and he (officer Hunt) was sweating a lot as he tried installing it”, she stated. “He was able to correctly install the car seat and even had time to pose for a picture with baby Nala.”

Thanks to Officer Hunt, now Garcia feel’s safe knowing her granddaughter is properly secured in her car seat while driving around town.

Garcia wants Officer Hunt to know how grateful they are for his patience, helpfulness, and kind heart. “Even though we don’t have much we bought a gift card to give him. Unfortunately, he explained that they aren’t able to accept anything.”

“Thank you so much Officer Hunt. You have blessed me in a really big way and I want the entire world to know that,” stated Garcia.

If you’re not confident of how to properly secure your child in a safety seat, contact your local CHP Area Office, and ask to speak with a child passenger safety technician. Click on this link to locate a local Area Office anywhere in California.

California Law: Effective January 1, 2017 – Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat.

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