Mom says Lee’s Summit officers turned mechanics saved her from car trouble

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A Lee's Summit single mom's car recently broke down on her way to work. She thought she was out of luck until some strangers saved the day.

"This little neighbor kid comes up to me and is like, 'I'm gonna go get the cops! That's a lot of smoke! That's what you're supposed to do!' I was like, 'no, no, no, don't get the cops this is already embarrassing enough,'" Bailey Norton said.

But the little boy didn't listen to Norton.

"(He) came riding his bike over to us and told us he thought the car was on fire," Officer Phil Stewart said.

Two Lee's Summit officers quickly ran over.

"I literally thought they were just gonna come over and make fun of me like, 'you should probably should take it to a mechanic,'" Norton said.

"There she was with her hands on her face, you could tell she was upset," Officer Stewart said.

"We got out started checking the engine. Neither one of us are mechanics; I have no idea how to fix a car. Matter of fact this is the first car I've ever had my hands on," Officer Brad Anders joked.

"Next thing I know they're out and they're lifting up my hood and looking at my car," Norton said.

Officers Anders and Stewart took the car to a nearby Auto Zone, and in the meantime, started to get to know the woman behind the wheel. They found out she's a single mom, going to school and working, and she didn't have the money to pay for repairs.

"He whips out his card and he's like, 'oh I'm paying for it.' I'm like, 'what? You don't have to do that."

But they did.

"It's because it's the right thing to do," Officer Anders said.

The two, not-so-much-mechanics, spent two hours fixing the car.

"In the back of my mind I'm thinking we're gonna have to pay for this car, the city is gonna get sued," Officer Anders joked.

They fixed the car, but for this single mom they did so much more.

"I didn't now what I was gonna do, and they were there to save me," Norton said.

The officers didn't have to pay for all the repairs. Once employees at Auto Zone caught on, they gave the officers their employee discount.