A Jacksonville couple is grateful they’re alive after two AAA service providers rescued them from an icy mountain.
Earlier this year, newlyweds Wayne and Shirley Anne May were driving their recreational vehicle to a mountain campground in North Carolina during their first trip as a married couple when the RV hit an ice rink, slid nearly 30 meters into the dam, and got out.
“I was petrified,” said Shirley Anne May. “All of my worst nightmares came true.”
The couple tried to call for help, but because of the strong winds and freezing temperatures, no one would come until morning.
“At this point it is 1:00 AM and we have half a tank of fuel,” said Wayne May. “With 50-knot winds and 16 degrees, we will freeze if we run out of fuel.”
Then he remembered he had AAA and called the Auto Club Group for assistance. AAA operator Kelvin Rivers spent hours looking for someone to help until they finally found Jason Miller, an AAA service provider at Hampton’s Body Shop in North Carolina.
“The streets were pretty treacherous, but I didn’t want to leave anyone stranded,” recalls Miller. “So I wanted to try to make it happen.”
Shirley Anne May said when Miller arrived she was able to take a deep breath for the first time.
Miller was able to free the RV, but since the road was too narrow to turn around, Wayne May had to drive the RV more than a mile downhill when Miller paved the way to safety with his floodlights.
“Nobody else would help us but AAA,” said Wayne May. “They got us out of there. They didn’t tell us they couldn’t get up there: “I’ll see you tomorrow.” That meant the world to us. “
This week AAA presented Rivers and Miller with the Hero Award for saving the Mays. They also received a $ 500 gift card each.
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