Dan Mathews gives a lift to Dr. Leonard, who is en route to the home of rancher Fred Bell. The doctor finds that Bell's 10-year-old son Johnny has gas gangrene and needs life-saving serum as quickly as possible. The serum must be delivered by air from a distant city and Bell's foreman Marty Gower offers to help Dan find his way to retrieve the serum from the airport over the rough back roads. Dan returns to the Bell household, but he bears injuries from an automobile accident and both the serum and Marty are missing. Marty was having financial problems and Dan suspects that he may have caused the accident deliberately so he could hold the serum for "ransom". Dan and Officer Abel backtrack from the location of the accident and discover that things are not always as they seem. Written by
Distance is always a factor in law enforcement, something which is sharply pointed up by the scattered and seemingly endless areas which come under the jurisdiction of the Highway Patrol. With such a large area to cover, routine inspection tours are a necessity. On April twelfth, while making such a tour, the head of the Highway Patrol came upon a hitchhiker - not an ordinary hitchhiker, for this one was a doctor. He was also on a routine tour; no emergencies except a broken down ...
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A small town doctor who's car has broken down hitches a ride with Chief Mathews. The doc is making a house call (amazing!). A frantic father called the doctor about his sick boy. The boy had an accident and gas gangrene was setting in. There's no local anti-toxin available and the doctor makes arrangements to have some flown in to the nearest airport. Mathews agrees to pick it up to expedite the delivery. A farm worker for the boy's father agrees to go along with Mathews since he knows all the back roads. Some time later Mathews returns without the serum and with no farm worker in sight. The farm worker does not have a good reputation and everyone assumes he absconded with the serum for some nefarious purpose like blackmailing the father. As it happens, the car was in accident and the farm worker was trying to get the serum to the doctor but passed out from his injuries. I liked this episode because it was about ordinary people caught up in an emergency situation. Good show.
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