The Edmond Sun

December 9, 2013

Good Samaritans aid motorists during storm

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Thursday afternoon, a mixture of sleet and snow fell on Edmond, creating slick and hazardous streets in parts of the city.

When wintry precipitation falls, a fairly steep drop/ascent at the Second Street-University Drive intersection, located along the University of Central Oklahoma campus, is a notoriously slick spot.

At about 4:30 p.m., yours truly was out covering round one of the winter storm for the newspaper, one of the many motorists out on city streets at the time.  I was on Second Street, traveling west, when an officer was pushing the vehicle ahead of mine up the slope. I had to stop and my wheels began spinning when the way ahead was clear.

While the officer pushed my car up the slope, I asked him how long he’d been there; in addition to the road conditions bitter cold air was in place. He said he got off work two hours ago.

Being a reporter, I couldn’t pass up a photo opp for the paper. I parked near the intersection and began taking photographs. At least one other officer was there helping motorists up the slope. So were a number of citizens who might have been UCO students and a man in an Army uniform.

As I reflected on the scene, I thought about how often humans are criticized for not helping others in the midst of a particular crisis. In this case, a cop off work, a member of the military and local citizens acted in miserable conditions when they could have simply ignored the situation.

The scene was a shining example of why in the midst of an often dark and dismal world there’s hope for humanity, and why Edmond is a great place to live. If you’ve been blessed this past year pass it on, take a moment to bless someone else.

MARK SCHLACHTENHAUFEN is a reporter for The Edmond Sun.