I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the "CVS Pharmacy Good Samaritan Roadside Assistance Program" that helped us at about 5pm on July 6th in Indianapolis, IN.
We were on our first day of our three day 1875 mile return to Texas after spending nearly two weeks in western NY. While on a eight lane section on the interstate near downtown Indianapolis we had a rear blowout on the fiver. I did not feel the blowout, but heard it and saw it in a mirror. I got to the shoulder before any part of the trailer was torn up. Even as I was walking back to the trailer to inspect it, a van with amber emergency lighting activated pulled in behind us. He must have been traveling behind us on the interstate and saw us pull over with the blowout because he was there in an instant. Turned out it was a roadside assistance service. We were near an exit and I suggested I try to get off the interstate and into a parking lot before changing the flat. He stayed right behind me as we made it to a parking lot. I had told him I had everything needed to change the flat so I figured he would leave once we safely made it to a parking lot. I began to dig through the truck to find the 8-ton bottle jack, looked back and he was not only still there but already had a floor jack, impact wrench, and other tools out, and was setting up to change our flat. He did the whole job. I was amazed. Afterwards I asked if he knew of a tire store where I could buy a tire so we would have a spare for the rest of our long trip. After using his radio and cell phone he found a shop that was open that had a tire the right size, gave us directions and their number. He refused any payment or tip, saying it was his job to do that. I gave him my card and promised him a steak dinner if he ever makes it to Texas. Thanks John.
CVS Pharmacies deserve a big thank you for funding such roadside assistance crews. I had no idea that they did this until that day. Apparently they fund the crews, vehicles, and equipment to help motorists in need. I had first thought he was a highway department employee, but most, if not all the funding comes from CVS Pharmacies, not the state. I dont know what cities they cover, but I filled out a customer reply card that had an address in another state, so maybe they do this in several states.
Thanks again for the help.
ON EDIT: I found this link to their roadside service