Doing the right thing when no one's looking

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  • By Capt. A.J. Griffin
  • 360th Training Squadron
I was leaving the Levitow Fitness Center July 27 around 7:15 a.m. after flight physical training.

When walking towards my car, I notice a note tucked in the drivers side door handle. I thought to myself, "I wonder what this is all about?" I unrolled the note to read: "To Whom It May Concern, I struck the back right side of your car while parking this morning."

I stopped reading right there. My heart sank, and I walked around the back side of my car to see the damage. Sure enough, right behind the back right wheel well below my gas tank was a pretty noticeable dent, and my bumper was sticking out.

I looked around the parking lot and there wasn't a soul around. I looked back down at the note in my hand and picked up where I left off.

"Here is my name and phone number, please contact your insurance company to file the claim."

Suddenly things didn't seem so bad. When I saw the name of his insurance provider, I knew that my car was going to be fixed; no questions asked. I called my insurance company and with a single phone call, they were able to get the ball rolling and get my car into the shop and fixed better then new.

The purpose of this article is to point out an Airman who made a mistake, could have walked away, or driven away, and probably no one would have ever known the accident happened. To be honest, besides putting gas in my car, I am never on the right side of my car and I wouldn't have noticed the dent until the next time I filled up.

But here is someone who stepped up and did the right thing when no one was looking. Here is someone who took the time, wrote a note, placed it on my car and took responsibility.

I would like to thank Airman 1st Class Michael Parker from the 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron for doing the right thing when no one was looking. This is an Airman who is living our core values, on and off duty.