|Judge Panella and Jerry|
Panella, like many older runners, has back problems from years of pounding. When he and his wife experienced a flat tire in their Florida rental car, he tried his best to throw on a spare. But his back was making it hard for him.
Someone was watching from across the street. A hot dog vendor named Jerry saw Judge Panella. "You look like you're having trouble," he said and offered to help. Judge Panella quickly agreed.
While Jerry worked on the car, a Fort Lauderdale cop also stopped and helped Jerry.
While they were talking, Judge Panella learned that Jerry is originally from Pennsylvania.
"You probably never heard of it, it's called the Lehigh Valley!"
"That's where I'm from!"
Knowing that Jerry is originally from the Lehigh Valley, Panella asked him if he knew anyone.
Jerry did, and spoke very highly of Judge Grifo and McFadden.
"I had some trouble in the past, and that's why I moved here. They were very helpful."
"Do you know Judge Panella?"
"He's the jerk who sentenced me!"
Though Jerry was holding a tire iron, Judge Panella identified himself. Jerry hugged him.