Good Samaritans help stranded motorists during Oklahoma snowstorm

Good Samaritans were out in full force Tuesday, helping motorists who became stuck in the blizzard. In many cases, driving powerful four-wheel drive trucks, the good Samaritans helped to dig and tow motorists wedged into snow drifts.
By Michael Baker mbaker@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2011
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It was a scene repeated Tuesday throughout Oklahoma — friendly acts providing a little warmth on one of the coldest of days.


Good Samaritans, many with big, powerful four-wheel drive trucks, helped out stranded motorists, typically in much smaller two-wheel drive cars.

“Doesn't seem right to have a truck like this and me sitting in a warm house when people could be out here freezing to death,” explained Josh Fulgium as he worked to attach a tow line running from his jacked-up pickup truck to a car stuck in a snow drift.

Fulgium was helping Mark Hayward, 23, and his friend Melody Keoun, 29, who were driving from Michigan to sunny Arizona. Monday night they stayed at an Edmond hotel. Tuesday morning Hayward and Keoun awoke to conditions more like Michigan than Oklahoma.

“I'm sure it's a lot warmer in Arizona,” Hayward quipped as he stood outside next to his car stuck in a snowdrift at Broadway and E 21st Street in Edmond.

“The GPS took us to this road,” Hayward said. “That's why we're here.”

Stories similar to Fulgium's good Samaritan act were common Tuesday.

Mike Bruton was working Tuesday, just at a different job than his usual one behind a desk.

He was in his subcompact car on his way to work at Dealers Auto Auction when he became stuck at NW 23 and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City. Bruton, who was dressed in layers and had a snow shovel, was able to dig himself out and make it into the parking lot of a nearby pharmacy. He then began helping other stuck motorists.

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