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1:40 AM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
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A U.S. Navy Veteran and her family are on a mission to find an unknown man who helped her when she needed it most.

Tommie Jean Christensen returned to the U.S. at the end of January after being stationed in Japan for four years.

A few days ago, Christensen was driving home when her car suddenly stopped at the intersection of Papermill Drive and N. Northshore Drive.

"I thought everything was going great. I was having an amazing day and then I went to put it back in first to start because the light turned green and I was like, 'Hmm, great. We're not going anywhere today'," she said.

Christensen's father, Thomas Christensen, said, "She called on the phone. She was about in tears and she said, 'Dad, my car has broken down on side of the road.'  I said 'Why don't you just try to get the vehicle pushed off to the side of the road and see if someone will give you a hand.'"

That's exactly what happened. Tommie Jean said not only did a man named Rod help her move the car to the side of the road, but he also gave her a lift home, helped her carry her things (including a television) up three floors and into her apartment, and he even gave her "a large sum of money" to get her car fixed before he disappeared.

Thomas Christensen said, "I thought, 'Man, in this day and time when the economy's bad, he gave of himself his own money to help get her car fixed because she was a veteran."

Tommie Jean Christensen said the good samaritan noticed her "Veteran" license plate and thanked her for her service.

The U.S. Navy Veteran's blue Geo Tracker is being repaired by Bryan Thomas, who discovered the mini SUV's clutch plate had broken.  He hopes to have the car back on the road in a few days. 

Thomas said, "I dropped the transmission out and I found the clutch disc was disintegrated, chewed up, and blown apart inside the transmission."

Meanwhile, the father - daughter duo are hoping the mystery man reappears so they can go from strangers to friends.

Thomas Christensen said, "I'd like to find out who the man is so I could actually shake his hand and thank him."

Tommie Jean Christensen said, "He has to be one of the nicest people in the world. And it's nice to know there are still people like that."

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