By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Good Samaritans were in evidence during the recent ice storm as the Glenn Polk Auto Group proved to be more than just a car dealer as they risked life and equipment to help stranded motorists on the icy southbound lanes of I35 beginning Friday morning.
Along with the assistance of Quasar Energy’s Ryan Sicking in his own vehicle, Polk general sales manager Colt Weatherby and Polk general manager Shawn Polk fired up a 2014 Ford 150 Raptor to give motorists a pull up the hill just south of the Oklahoma border and just north of Gainesville on IH35.
Traffic had come to a halt on IH35 and the Texas highway patrol, the Cooke County sheriff’s department and the Gainesville police department were doing what they could to help vehicles that had stalled out on the hill.
That’s when the local Gainesville citizens jumped in to action and surprised even themselves when the four by four 6.2 liter V8 engine Ford Raptor inched 18 wheelers up to the crest of the hill. There, freed up traffic continued on their southward journey.
“I know we pulled at least two semis, estimating about 50,000 pounds each,” Weatherby said. “Everyone was amazed but the Raptor is a great truck.”
“We are basically crawling up the hill at about five miles per hour but we made it,” he continued. “The BF Goodrich all terrain tires didn’t hurt.”
Texas highway patrolman Mike Linnell was also on site during the peak of the storm on Friday and said that before the rescuers arrived, traffic was at a standstill on this particular stretch of highway.
“Traffic was not moving at all,” Linnell said. “We were trying to tell the drivers to get a good start or they wouldn’t make it up the hill.”
“When Ryan, Colt and Shawn showed up, they were amazing,” Linnell continued.
“Colt and Shawn were able to pull a double trailer FEDEX truck up the hill which helped free up traffic immensely,” he said. “That really impressed all of us.”
“They made numerous trips helping drivers,” he continued. “Because of their assistance, we were able to work the road during a treacherous time.”
Linnell said that it was great that good hearted citizens were on hand to provide assistance.
“They sacrificed their time to try and help those in need,” Linnell added. “After things calm down a bit, I hope to drop by with a highway patch to acknowledge their service to the community.”
Shawn Polk said, “I am glad we were able to help out in a difficult time. If it were my family caught in a similar situation, I would hope that someone would come to their aid also. Helping each other is what it is all about.”
By CATHY MOUNCE
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