Father of injured Baton Rouge officer shares, ‘the rest of the story’
The father of a Baton Rouge deputy who survived the deadly July 17th attack on police officers, posted an update and a touching story about his son.
On his Facebook account, James Tullier wrote that his son, Nick Tullier, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy, still remains on life support.
Tullier, 41, was shot in an attack that killed three law enforcement officers and injured two others.
On Tuesday, his father shared a good Samaritan story regarding his son that occurred just a day before the attack. His Facebook post received more than 10,000 reactions and 3,600 shares by Tuesday night.
The Facebook post says,
“As all know, our son Deputy Nick Tullier was shot during an attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge, LA July 17th. During that shooting 3 officers were fatally wounded, including Montrell Jackson. Our son is still on life support fighting for his life.
Some know most of the story about Nick helping someone that had a flat tire the night before the attack.
Nick had worked the day shift Saturday, July 16th and had gotten off work at 8pm. He called his fiancé to let her know he was on his way home which is in Livingston Parish; the next parish east of Baton Rouge. Nick came across a lady on the side of a road that had a flat tire. Instead of just passing her by and let her fend for herself, Nick pulled over to help. He called his fiancé to let her know he would be delayed getting home and that he had to stop to give assistance: not out of character for him. He also said the lady had small children with her.
The lady told Nick that she was going to have to walk with the kids due to the flat. For whatever reason, Nick took the spare tire out of his Sheriff’s car and put it on the lady’s vehicle. He then followed her all the way back to her home in Baton Rouge making sure she and the kids got home safe. With help Nick then took his spare tire back off the lady’s car and returned it to his unit.
Nick’s fiancé told our family the next day while we were at the hospital about the tire changing story. We all wondered how we would ever find or meet this lady. She encountered Nick the night before the shooting. Just no way to find out.
Using famed Paul Harvey style:
And now the rest of the story.
I went to Montrell Jackson’s services to represent our son Deputy Nick Tullier knowing he would have wanted to attend himself. While there, I was able to meet with Montrell’s wife and mother in a private room. We talked for about five to ten minutes about Montrell and Nick. When I went to leave the room, a gentleman motioned me over calling my name, saying come here, come here, I’ve got something to tell you. He asked me if I knew about Nick changing a lady’s flat tire the night before the shooting to which I said yes. But still I had no idea who she was. 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.
Our Nick didn’t see color. What he saw was a lady in need and small children there too. His heart told him he had to stop and give assistance to a fellow human being. That’s our Nick.
And now you know the rest of the story.”
A Good Samaritan
The following account comes from his father.
After finishing a day shift on July 16, Deputy Tullier had been heading home when he came across a woman on the side of the road with a flat tire.
“Instead of just passing her by and let her fend for herself, Nick pulled over to help,” his father wrote. “He called his fiancé to let her know he would be delayed getting home and that he had to stop to give assistance.”
The stranded woman had small children with her. So Tullier took out a spare tire from his sheriff’s car and put it on the woman’s car.
“He then followed her all the way back to her home in Baton Rouge making sure she and the kids got home safe… Nick then took his spare tire back off the lady’s car and returned it to his unit,” wrote his father.
The very next day, Tullier was critically wounded in the shooting.
Tense times in Baton Rouge
The gunman in the shooting was identified as Gavin Long, a 29-year-old black man from Kansas City, Missouri. Long was a former Marine who spent time in Iraq, he left behind a manifesto concerning police corruption.
The ambush had come two weeks after a Baton Rouge police officer had shot and killed Alton Sterling, a black man, outside a convenience store in the city on July 5. Sterling’s shooting kicked off days of national turmoil.
During the shooting, Tullier had been in his patrol car running the license tag of the gunman’s car when Long opened fire, critically wounding the deputy.
When Tullier’s family gathered at the hospital, his fiancé told them about his act of kindness in helping a woman with the flat tire.
A chance encounter
Later on, his father attended the service for Montrell Jackson, one of the Baton Rouge police officer who was killed in the shooting. Jackson, an African-American police officer, had left behind a wife, a four-month-old son and an emotional plea for his community to heal on his social media account.
After the service, the elder Tullier chatted with Jackson’s family when someone motioned him over saying, “Come here, I’ve got something to tell you.”
The man introduced him to a woman standing next to him who turned out to be Jackson’s wife’s niece. The woman told Tullier the same story his son’s fiance had told him. She told him that his son helped her with the flat tire the day before the shooting.
“Chills went through me,” wrote James Tullier. “This was flat out unbelievable.”
They hugged each other and the woman thanked him saying that his son was “a life saver and a hero.”
“That’s always been in his heart to help in times of need,” his father wrote. “Our Nick didn’t see color. What he saw was a lady in need and small children there too. His heart told him he had to stop and give assistance to a fellow human being. That’s our Nick.”