A Connecticut state trooper and native of Poland got a chance Wednesday to help one of the most famous Poles of all time with a routine roadside repair.
Trooper Lukasz Lipert was called on to assist former Polish President Lech Walesa fix a flat tire on I-84 in Tolland, state police said.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been in Connecticut as part of his Ukraine relief campaign. The 78-year-old founder of Poland’s once powerful Solidarity movement is touring the U.S. to champion the refugees who have been killed, wounded and uprooted from their homes due to Russian attacks on their homeland. Up to 3.2 million displaced Ukrainians are in Poland, according to the latest estimate.
Lipert, according to a state police Facebook post, “was beyond grateful for the opportunity to help such an influential individual and briefly speak to him about the history of Poland.”
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