'That's our Nick': Injured deputy's father tells chilling tale of son's service
BATON ROUGE - People across the world are likely getting goose bumps while reading the latest Facebook post from the message of injured East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier.
Tullier is on life support in the hospital after being shot three times in a deadly ambush on Airline Highway in July. Tullier was running the gunman's license plate when he was shot. Three officers died - sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola and Baton Rouge Police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson.
Stories of the heroes involved have never stopped being told since the attack on July 17th. Tuesday, Tullier's father, James, told another one. Hours before he was shot, he helped change a flat tire on the side of the road. A woman was stranded with her kids and was about to start walking when Deputy Tuillier put the spare tire from his patrol car onto her vehicle, followed her home and removed the tire. The woman was Montrell Jackson's niece.
James Tullier wrote on Facebook, he first heard the story about the flat from his son's fiance. Deputy Tullier called his fiance around 8 p.m. Saturday to let her know he was going to be late coming home for the night because he stopped to help the woman with the flat tire. Tullier was shot about 12 hours later.
James Tullier posted it was at Jackson's funeral where he learned the rest of the story.
"I was able to meet with Montrell's wife and mother in a private room," he wrote. As he left the room, a man asked him to walk over.
"[The man] asked me if I knew about Nick changing a lady's flat tire the night before," Tullier continued telling the story on Facebook. "The gentleman then says, 'here she is' and introduces me to a lady standing beside him. He told me this is Montell's wife's niece. Chills went through me. This was flat out unbelievable. She hugged me and I hugged her while she went on and on thanking me for what my son had done to help her. She told me the same story that Nick's fiancé had said to the family. Nick to her was a life saver and a hero. But that's always been in his heart to help in times of need."
The story is similar to another stranded motorist's story reported by WBRZ reporter/anchor Chris Nakamoto in the days after the attack. Billy Rimes said Tullier helped him with his flat tire, too, after he hit a curb one day.
"It cut my tire and it went flat. It was one of the hottest days of the year. It was so hot when I touched the asphalt it almost burned my hand," Rimes said as he relived the story.
"All of a sudden, a sheriff's deputy pulls up behind me. He said, 'why don't you let me do that?' I said, 'no, I'll figure that out.' He said, 'no, no... I got you.'" Read more HERE.
James Tullier said his son was called to help others.
"That's our Nick."
Earlier this week, the Tullier family updated their son's condition. The family posts updates on a special Facebook page. Click HERE for more.
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