UPDATE: Oklahomans help each other in aftermath of snowstorm
OKLAHOMA CITY – Many Oklahomans used the recent snow storm as a way to start spreading holiday cheer.
Almost everyone will stay put unless they just have to get out in the snowy mess.
For some, it’s just in their nature to help others, no matter what the weather.
With the winter weather, lots of people were stuck or spun out in their cars.
City crews try their best to get the roads clear and help stranded drivers.
However, they can’t be everywhere and that’s where everyday citizens come in to pick up the slack.
Every time snow hits the ground, Roger Lewis hits the streets to find anyone in need.
Late into the night on Thursday, he was out looking for stranded drivers.
“I didn’t see anybody stranded or nothing,” says Lewis. “Except for a couple of people spun out.”
However, that changed on Friday morning.
“I saw this semi that had slid up on the curb, so we took the tractor and pulled him off the curb,” says Lewis. “It took about 20 minutes to get him off but we got him off.”
Chances are if you’ve found yourself in this situation, Lewis might have been the man to help you out of it.
You can also find him clearing the side streets that city crews can’t reach.
After years of helping in snow storms, he’s created a survival kit in the cab of his big red truck.
“I keep extra gas just in case I find someone that needs some gas,” says Lewis. “Then I got my super long chain, just in case I find someone in a ditch. Then I bring out the big stuff. I got the big monkey suit I use, just in case I get stuck!”
Sounds like a lot of work but it is just a bit of fun for Lewis.
He won’t take your money, just a smile and a thank you.
Lewis said, “He said, ‘I sure appreciate it, you know, there are good people around here. And I said, ‘Yes, there is sir. You have a good day and be careful up the road because I might not be up the road!”
NewsChannel 4′s Paige Hill has watched Roger Lewis head out in the snow for years because he is her dad.
He tells us he isn’t stopping anytime soon, so you can count on him to lend a helping hand every time we see snow.
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