A college student, who found herself stranded while on her way home to Northeast Ohio for Thanksgiving, is paying tribute to an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, who made sure that she got to her destination safely. 

Elise Gaffney, who attends East Tennessee State University, decided to take her dog Hank on a road trip to surprise Elise’s family in Hudson with a visit for the holiday.

She made it all the way to Canton, but a flat rear tire left her stranded on the side of the road, Fox 8 Cleveland reports.

A trooper with OSHP’s Canton Post saw Elise’s disabled minivan on the side of the highway and pulled over. 

Trooper Evan Hill tried to change the tire for Elise, but discovered her spare tire was not usable. He called a tow truck for the van and offered to drive Gaffney and her dog to her parents’ home in Hudson, some 40 minutes away.

“I just felt that he went above and beyond,” she said. Elise says after Trooper Hill made sure that she and Hank got to Hudson safely, they celebrated a Thanksgiving holiday that she and her family will never forget.