Local woman applauds Nye County Sheriff’s deputies

A Comstock Park resident is singing the praises of two Nye County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call last Tuesday.

The woman, who preferred to just use her first name, ‘Mollie,’ said she was nearly driven to tears by the deputies’ actions.

“I got up at 5:30 in the morning last Tuesday because I like to sit outside when it’s cool,” she said. “I was sitting in my yard and I looked over to my neighbor’s house and her driveway was just full of a lot of nasty garbage. It was not normal because she is a very neat and tidy person so I figured something had to be wrong.”

Mollie didn’t give the incident any further thought and proceeded to get dressed and went to work as usual that morning.

“I went to work and came home,” she said. “My neighbor was outside and I asked her what happened. She told me that someone had dumped a whole bunch of garbage in her driveway. She called the sheriff’s office and waited for them to arrive, which they did.”

Upon arrival at the residence, two Nye County Sheriff’s deputies, Mark Murphy and Josh Teter, began an initial investigation to determine who may have dumped what was described as a ‘filthy, smelly, foul mess’ scattered about the neighbor’s driveway.

Teter is a brand new sheriff’s deputy in Pahrump.

All it took Murphy and Teter to trace the garbage back to the original owners was an envelope with a name and address, which just happened to be a nearby residence in the Comstock Park community.

“When the deputies went over to that address to ask about the garbage, the people denied dumping it on my neighbor’s driveway,” Mollie said. “They told the deputies they had a friend who picks up their garbage and hauls it off to the dump each week. The deputies told them either they help clean up the garbage, or they will be cited because their name and address was on an envelope in the garbage.”

The suspected garbage owners reluctantly agreed to clean up the mess, but what occurred after that, elicited sheer jubilation from Mollie, a 17-year resident of the Pahrump Valley.

“What truly surprised me was the fact that the deputies were also helping to clean up the garbage,” she said. “That’s what really impressed me because they did not have to touch it. Some of the garbage was in trash bags, but there was a lot of loose garbage as well. It was very disgusting and nasty. It stunk so bad that it made you want to throw up. It was pretty gross. I was just so impressed by the deputies’ actions that day.”

The job was not a simple task, as temperatures in the valley exceeded 105 degrees last week.

Moreover, Mollie said it took a good amount of time to get all of the vile, putrid, garbage cleaned up and bagged in the searing heat.

She also noted that the deputies even helped to take the garbage away for proper disposal.

“There was so much trash that if you put it in the back of a pickup truck it would be a big bulging load,” she said. “It’s technically not their job and I thought it was so very kind of them. It almost made me want to cry when I watched it. My neighbor lives all by herself and she had nowhere to haul the garbage herself because she has just a tiny little car.”

As a result of the deputies’ altruistic efforts, Mollie said she thought it would be appropriate that residents in the community be made aware of the gesture.

“It seems that cops are getting a bad rap nowadays,” she said. “They were so very kind, polite and very professional. He (Deputy Teter) allowed me to take his picture because I wanted to send it to his supervisors, which I did.”

She also said her neighbor was equally grateful for Murphy and Teter lending a hand and locating the source of the garbage.

“She is very sweet and keeps to herself,” she said. “I knew something was not right that morning because she is very clean and we live on a very nice street. Everybody here keeps their yards clean and tidy. I thought that somebody needs to know how these guys went above and beyond their normal duties.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

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