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Fifth Graders Thank Highway Patrol

December 6, 1991

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) _ The Tennessee Highway Patrol went to the rescue of a crowd of little tourists and just in time - they were about to burst.

Fifty students from DeKalb County Middle School visiting the municipal Old Fort Park on Nov. 15 discovered the park’s restrooms had been closed for winterizing and repairs.

One of the teachers with the group went to the patrol’s nearby drivers license testing center and said the youngsters were starting to squirm.

″So, we just told them to come over and use ours,″ said Highway Patrol Cpl. Phyllis Henley.

The students were so relieved they later wrote thank-you letters to the center.

″We would have died without it or gone home soaking,″ wrote one youngster who signed her name only as Martha.

″I thought I was going to bust,″ explained Paul Alan Stringer.

″Thank you Highway Patrol - A man gotta do what a man gotta do,″ wrote Jessie Adcock.

Last week, Henley and her four co-workers received the letters and a certificate signed by the students’ teachers.

The certificate lauded the agency for its ″high standard of excellence in Restroom Rescue.″

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