To protect and serve pizza: Portland police deliver pizza after driver involved in crash

Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-23 18:03:37-04

Portland, OR  — To protect and deliver pizza.

Steve Huckins thinks that should be the new Portland Police Bureau motto because two officers delivered his Hawaiian pie after the Pizza Hut delivery driver was injured in a car crash.

Huckins and his wife were concerned when the officers showed up at their Southeast Portland home on Sept. 1, but after Officer Filbert and Officer Curtiss explained, “We just started laughing.”

The delivery driver was transported to a hospital after his car was hit in the intersection of SE 174th and Powell.

The officers overheard the driver call his boss and they offered to finish the delivery for him. The driver hurt his neck and back in the crash and is not working while he recovers.

After asking about the driver’s condition, Huckins pulled out his iPhone.

“They turn around to leave and I said, ‘Hang on, I’ve got to a get a picture of this. Nobody will believe Portland police delivering a pizza. Nobody,'” he said.

After the bureau posted the photo on its Twitter account, the photo has been shared on multiple social media websites.

“I wanted these officers to get a little bit of a recognition because they went above and beyond,” he said. “Because I feel police get criticized too much.”

The restaurant delivered another pizza to Huckins at half-price, not knowing if the officers would make good on their promise. It arrived before the officers made their delivery, so he ended up with two pizzas.

A Pizza Hut manager declined to speak to Fox 12, citing company policy.