This weekend much of the eastern United States got absolutely blasted by a massive snow storm. Many areas, including Washington DC, saw in excess of 2 feet of snow, with many areas seeing even more. When something this severe happens it can takes hours or days for the roads to become usable and that poses a very real risk to anyone that could need help from an ambulance. Fortunately a group of good samaritans decided to put one of their favorite hobbies to work and help the people of their town.
Lynchburg Virginia was one of the hardest hit areas in this snow storm and the snow made it very difficult for police, firefighters, and EMTs to respond quickly. That is exactly why the Lynchburg Jeep enthusiast group stepped up to the plate to make things a little easier. Everybody knows that 4×4 vehicles do much better in snow, and a properly equipped Jeep can be a great snow vehicle, so it is no surprise that these enthusiasts had some of the most capable vehicles on the road during the snow storm. Thanks to help from around a dozen Jeep fans, more than 150 people were given rides to the hospital, police were able to respond to emergency calls, and fire fighters were even able to check on some calls. These Jeep fans shuttled public service officials and hospital patients around from midnight to around 9am once the streets started to clear, and Lynchburg officials are incredibly impressed with how much support they got.
It isn’t very often that a hobby can become a lifesaving activity, but that is exactly what this Jeep group managed to do. Getting over 150 people to the hospital when the ambulance service and regular cars just wouldn’t cut it could have been a lifesaving occurrence for any of those people. Everyone involved was simply happy to be out and about enjoying their hobby, while at the same time helping people that desperately needed it. The city offered to reimburse the Jeep drivers for fuel burned that night, but they say the offer was declined as the Jeep drivers were simply enjoying their vehicles and doing the right thing for the community.
Weather, snow, and storms really bring communities together and this was just another example of that happening. Next time you see heavy snow in your area, don’t be surprised if Jeep fans in your area try to step up and help out wherever possible. Lynchburg is happy to report that they had nothing but positive experiences with the Jeep enthusiasts during the snow storm, and they hope that these Jeep fans will continue to offer their help during future snow storms.