Highlands Ranch couple appreciates how officer came to their rescue


Sgt. Joe Lee, Lone Tree Police Department

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Police across the country have been in the spotlight recently, sometimes for the wrong reasons. But a Highlands Ranch couple said a Lone Tree police officer came to their rescue when they needed it most.

Steve and Kathy Harder were driving on E-470 early Tuesday morning last week when their car stalled. Steve Harder was trying to catch a flight to Georgia for his father’s 90th birthday.

That’s when Sgt. Joe Lee pulled up and offered Steve Harder a ride to the airport that took 40 minutes.

“And we looked at each other and said what? And he said, 'Yeah, I’m going to take you to the airport. I just can’t stand the thought of you missing your plane like this,'” Kathy Harder said.  “We were shocked. We were like, police don’t do that.”

For Lee, it was just another day on the job.

“When I walked up to the car, I saw a couple having a bad day,” he said. “At that point I didn’t see he had any other option to get there on time.”

While Lee drove Steve Harder to the airport, another officer waited almost two hours with Kathy Harder for a tow truck to arrive.

“When officer Lee finished taking him to the airport, he came back and he sat back there behind me again and he waited,” Kathy Harder said.

The Harders acknowledge it was a random act of kindness that might not seem like much to most people, but it was one that meant the world to them.

“They should stand tall and proud for what they are and for what they represent,” Steve Harder said.

“It means a lot to hear that. It means a lot,” Lee said. “To know my actions, as simple as they were, made an impression on her to the point they called you and we’re talking in front of a camera. I think that’s wonderful. That’s absolutely wonderful.”

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