Town creates #KnightdaleStrong hashtag to praise Good Samaritans in winter storm

mhankerson@newsobserver.comFebruary 18, 2014 

Screenshot of Twitter feed about the good samaritans around Knightdale duringlast week’s winter storm.

TWITTER

  • A helping hand

    Here’s a sampling of the good deeds Knightdale residents shared via their Twitter hashtag, #KnightdaleStrong and by letting the town know through its official Twitter, @kdalenc.

    @_mctz: Wife said many people helped her on the way home tonight. #KnightdaleStrong

    @mpalko: had a few folks help me home last night. Got my car pushed up a hill and a ride after I abandoned it on Hodge

    @jazzjada2010: this is why I love Wake County and live in kdale. People helping people. Go wake SO!! Kdalestrong!

    @Caniaccropper: HUGE shout out to @KdaleNC!! Just saw a plow go thru our neighborhood. Love where I live!

    @KdaleNC: Knightdale, you’re an awesome community. Thx for helping each other through the storm. Rock stars.

— Ricky Jones was trying to make it home from Raleigh Wednesday when he got stuck on 64 right before Milburnie Road in Knightdale around 2 p.m.

It was about an hour and a half after the first snowfall of last week’s winter storm started.

He couldn’t get up the hill and ended up in a ditch, like many drivers in Wake County.

Jones, though, happened to be stuck in a good place. A local towing company was there assisting cars.

The company, whose name Jones can’t recall, pulled Jones’ car out of the ditch and refused payment when Jones offered.

“(The tow truck driver) certainly was a good Samaritan and his company deserves a big shout out but my husband didn’t catch the full name of the business in all of the chaos,” Jones’ wife, Lisa said.

In all, it took Jones four and a half hours to make the normally 30-minute commute to his home in Emit, N.C., just south of Zebulon, over the county line.

There were also lots of others lending a hand to those stuck throughout Wake County: the county released a statement applauding about 30 residents who helped transfer a cardiac arrest patient to a different vehicle when an ambulance got stuck on a hill.

In Knightdale, residents reported through social media about 50 or 60 cars deserted on Hodge Road and local towing companies were working overtime to help stranded motorists.

While reports of people stranded in cars were coming in around the county, Knightdale Communications Director Brian Bowman said Knightdale police checked each abandoned car in the town’s limits Wednesday night and found that everyone had made it home.

Wake County enacted a temporary policy to leave abandoned cars on roads without towing them. The county reminded residents to not go back for their cars until the snow and ice on the roads melted.

In Knightdale, the town began using an online hashtag, #KnightdaleStrong, to document some of the stories of residents helping those who needed it.

Others dealt with hours-long commutes and sliding vehicles. Others just needed some plowing and let the town know via Facebook how satisfied they were with the fast service.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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