Along with 300,000 other Easter vacationers I was at the San Ysidro border when my car radiator and I both began hemorrhaging. We were able to get to the Revolucion Monument circle in Tijuana before the car died completely. No taxi would take me. The American consulate could not help.
A senior Tijuana police officer dispatched a patrol to us. My two companions and I were stuffed into the rear cell of the police car. With flashing lights and siren, we raced back to the door of U.S. Immigration. All the way, the police microphone said to cars swerving aside, "Please excuse the inconvenience. We have an emergency. Thank you for your cooperation." Officers Raul Rodriguez and Alfredo Cuevas of Car 1116 could not have been more professional, courteous or lifesaving.