By DAVID MOASE
AS an NRMA road service patrol officer, Errol Baff sees plenty of strange sights but for drivers in trouble the sight of Mr Baff is far from strange.
Good reports from stranded motorists were among the factors that saw the Coffs Harbour man recently named the Country Road Service Patrol Officer of the Year.
He was also commended for his consideration and commitment to quality service.
"It was a surprise just to be nominated so it was a really big surprise to actually win," Mr Baff, a finalist twice before, said.
In a little more than nine years as a patrol officer, Mr Baff has seen countless flat batteries and broken exhausts and plenty of less predictable sights as well.
"I could write a book about some of the things I've seen," he said.
One that stands out in his mind is being called to a member who was locked out of his car after a wedding celebration.
"The man had his keys in his hand and was pointing the remote locking button at the car but nothing was happening.
"He had left his parkers on or something and the battery was flat but he never though about using the key to open the door."