What was supposed to be a quick road-trip to the Sunshine State, turned into an icy, stop-and-go trek down the East Coast for two Oak Hill Firefighters.
As a winter storm barreled across the Southeast, Rodney Woodson and Trent Rust were trapped on the interstate for hours. Three tractor trailers were stuck on a bridge covered with ice just before the South Carolina-Georgia state line. Woodson said that after realizing their were no salt trucks or emergency crews on scene, the men decided it was time to act.
“I backed up to the first tractor trailer and hooked a chain up to him and started trying to move him. Trent was throwing salt, I had a bag of salt in the back of my truck, to grease his tires and finally got him moving,” Woodson said.
The pair was able to pull five tractor trailers and a pick-up truck over the frozen bridge before salt trucks arrived. Woodson said the desire to help others, whether in a fire in Southern West Virginia or on a highway thousands of miles away, was something he was born with.
“He got out and said why are you doing this, why are you helping all of these people out, helping me out? I said it’s in my DNA,” Woodson said.
Woodson also added that he believed this was just the right thing to do, and a way to show people true West Virginian hospitality.
“It feels good. I’m glad we could help them out and it just shows people that even people from out state still care, and shows how people from West Virginia really are,” Woodson explained.
Woodson and Rust made it safely to their destination in Florida.