Cherry receives commendation for helping motorist

After more than 11 years on the D-3 Incident Response service, Jim Cherry has witnessed 100,000-plus incidents on Treasure Valley highways. Yet he treats each one as if it was his first. For him, the service is more than just a job.

That’s one of the reasons he is regularly singled out for praise by the stranded motorists he helps. Such was the case early this month for Vicky Waitley, who was eastbound toward Boise on Interstate 84.

“This incident was a few weeks ago, and I was on my way to work,” Waitley said. “I had a tire blow out and was sitting there only a few minutes when the Incident Response truck showed up.”

“My tailpipe was wrapped around my tire, and he had to free that before he could change my tire. After he changed the tire and put the new one on, he secured everything nice and tight with wire. It wasn't an easy fix, and I so much appreciated it.” 

“As a woman, driving by myself, with my husband at work and not able to get away. … I can't express enough gratitude to Jim for his professionalism and hard work. He helped me out of a huge jam. I appreciate all the hard work he did to get me back on the road. Kudos to this program – it really saved me. Thanks Jim.”

“Jim is rock-steady and takes his job very seriously,” said Dan Bryant, the D-3 maintenance coordinator who oversees the Incident Response program.

Published 12-21-2012