We had the opportunity to show our stoves in real life a few weekends ago at the Shelley Ready preparedness fair. On our way back from Shelly Ready, we had our own real-life emergency: our truck broke down.
We sat on the side of the road waiting for it to cool down, but realized overheating was not the problem. About an hour passed and a man driving with his family pulled his truck over by us to see if he could help. After trying everything he could think of to start the truck, he towed our truck with the trailer still attached off the freeway. We were only about 200 yards from the exit but he didn’t just pull it off the freeway but all the way to the parking lot of a hotel with a couple of restaurants nearby. This would be a convenient spot for us to wait for a tow truck.
When we discussed options for the night (the next day was Easter) he insisted on giving us a ride home. After taking his family home, he moved our broken truck to a spot out of the way and hooked up to our trailer and pulled it all the way to Garland Utah which was almost 100 miles one way. He spent more than 3 hours and 200 miles to get us where we needed to be and couldn’t have arrived at his own home before 10pm that night.
He didn’t have to help us, but he did and that selfless act impressed me. I now understand what it means to go the extra mile. May God bless the good Samaritan from Chubbuck, Idaho.
By day Dan is the Product Management Director for a software company. By night, he enjoys reading to his children (they're on the sixth Harry Potter book) and making pizza in the brick oven he built. On the weekends, he is a Rocket Stove evangelist.