(KUTV) — Thanksgiving is a go in one East Millcreek home after a thief tried to ruin it — and it’s all thanks to a South Salt Lake police officer.
Tisina Wolfgramm Gerber is 76 years old and lost her husband back in January. Together, they had five children and with most of the family planning to descend on grandma for the holiday, Gerber had big plans to cook up a storm.
She was out shopping Wednesday morning, buying a turkey and all the trimmings. It was only when she returned home that she realized someone had broken into her car while she was at one of the stores and stolen all the food inside.
She says her first thought was perhaps that person needed the food more, evening telling 2News she prayed for the thief when she got home. But, at the insistence of her neighbor, she also called police to tell them what happened.
She got through to Officer Chad Leetham, who soon started making calls of his own. He reached out to a number of community contacts to get another turkey and all the trimmings donated.
Soon after, he knocked on Gerber's door and, when he showed her what he had brought, says she was overwhelmed. Berger says she hugged him and had tears rolling down her face.
She feels as though her husband, up above, may have helped in some little way but adds she is so grateful to the boys in blue for helping save her holiday.