EDMOND — 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.
“Well, I'm a praying man,” he said as he began shoveling out a van that appeared hopelessly stuck.
Another good Samaritan, Matthew Ryan, a physician at Norman Regional Hospital, then pulled the van out using a tow line attached to his vehicle.
Jesse Bensinger is a facilities manager for Kirkpatrick Bank. His job Tuesday was helping other employees get to work.
“I started about 5 this morning getting out and about,” he said. “I knew I just had to get out and go.”
In the parking lot of the Edmond Post Office, he saw a fellow bank employee stranded.
“I was driving by and knew I couldn't leave him here,” he said. Bensinger began digging, and another bank employee showed up with a four-wheel-drive truck and towed the minivan out of a snow drift.
Bensinger then noticed a reporter and photographer from The Oklahoman had become stuck in a snow drift. He helped dig and push.