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When This Soldier’s Car Broke Down Near A Small Town In Utah, What These Locals Did Blew Him Away
http://www.westernjournalism.com ^ | june 23, 2014 | andrea d. combs

Posted on 06/23/2014 1:27:50 PM PDT by lowbridge

Air Force Staff Sergeant Rowan Coash was on his way to Texas to report for duty when his car broke down unexpectedly. More than 1,000 miles from his destination, he was left on the highway outskirts of Price, Utah.

While waiting for a tow truck, he called his friend Erica to tell her about his setback. Erica chose to take action by reaching out to the Facebook community.

Anybody out there in Facebook Land near Price, UT and willing to help a soldier?

Hundreds of people shared Erica’s post; and Leslie Holmes, a “Good Samaritan” in Price, saw the post and helped to arrange a rental truck to get the Airman back on course. She also offered to store his car in her garage until it could be repaired.

After inspecting the car, the mechanic said the motor need to be replaced; and approximately $3,500 was needed in repairs. This was something Coash could not afford. Additionally, the six to ten days it would take to get Coash’s car roadworthy again was not ideal because he needed to be in Texas in two days – or else be considered AWOL.

Little did he know that a veteran in Price took note of the story that was spreading on social media, and asked another question:

Does anyone know a good mechanic that would be willing to do a solid for an American hero…?

The post was eventually seen by another mechanic in the area who offered to help him out. After taking a look at the damage, the entire team at Tony Basso GM “jumped in” to help.

(Excerpt) Read more at westernjournalism.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: facebook; soldier; utah

1 posted on 06/23/2014 1:27:50 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

If true....great story!!


2 posted on 06/23/2014 1:30:13 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: lowbridge

Thumbs up to the folks in Price, UT.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 1:30:42 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: lowbridge

Faith in humanity, partially restored. The glimmer of God is there.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 1:34:25 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Osage Orange

I have little doubt. I have a number of in-laws in and around Price. A lot of patriotic and just nice people in general.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 1:34:48 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: lowbridge

Who writes these headlines to get you to click on the link? “... And what happened next will blow you away!”

Everytime I click on one of those things my computer bogs down while it gets loaded up with cookies. No thanks.


6 posted on 06/23/2014 1:35:16 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: lowbridge

I have been stuck with a broken down car twice in my life. The first time, was in the middle of heavy traffic on a four lane. I was just barely able to get onto the center dividing median.

The only person to stop and help me was a Korean Baptist Preacher. Fortunately I had a Sister living nearby.

The second time was near Ft. Stewart. I was in a parking lot and my pickup would not start. A soldier from Nebraska stopped and helped me. We both figured out the starter bolts had loosened just enough so the gears were not meshing. All it took was tightening them.

I just remembered a third time. I was driving near Douglas, Georgia and my car caught on fire. It turned out the auto transmission was leaking right onto the exhaust. As luck would have it, I had a fire extinguisher with me and put it out just as the last bit of fluid exited the extinguisher.

That must have been the friendliest place in the world. A bunch of people stopped and helped. One took me to Wal-Mart to buy a gallon of trans fluid. Another followed me all the way home, around a 30 mile drive. He then refused any payment.


7 posted on 06/23/2014 1:37:52 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: RJS1950

I have little doubt. I have a number of in-laws in and around Price. A lot of patriotic and just nice people in general.


I’ve stopped in Price many times and the people are great.


8 posted on 06/23/2014 1:40:46 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: RJS1950

Hope you are correct.......


9 posted on 06/23/2014 1:40:54 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Osage Orange

http://khon2.com/2014/06/20/small-utah-town-unites-through-social-media-to-help-stranded-soldier/

;-)


10 posted on 06/23/2014 1:48:14 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: lowbridge

I’ve broken down a few times...usually nobody even stopped.

However, I was helped by some incredibly nice people in Wisconsin once....I’m talking helped weld a trailer back together, and mounted a tire on a rim for me. Very nice people in Wisconsin.


11 posted on 06/23/2014 1:48:44 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lowbridge

The only thing I didn’t like was a GM station helped. Other than that good on them.

I am confused over his worry about going AWOL....I thought Soldiers were allowed to now a days. I am confused.....I thought if they were not treated well they could just walk off and a whole ton of people would call him a hero starting with Susan Rice......so hard to keep up these days.

Great job to the Facebook Community! Facebook is a solid devoted Company! Thank God for it!


12 posted on 06/23/2014 1:51:55 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: yarddog

These days people on the coasts don’t stop because they assume that everyone has a cellphone. I stopped one time for a car broken down at a really bad place with half a shoulder and offered to help... the woman looked offended... it’s a tale of the times in how poorly people treat each other, decency is seen as suspicious, and favors are generally unappreciated.

I would say that out of four millenials I have dated did not get their ass beaten enough as a child... I can’t believe I didn’t just turn around the car and drive home and end the date... actually, I can’t believe I didn’t just pull over and them them, “Get out of my vehicle you snarky shrew”.


13 posted on 06/23/2014 1:58:46 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

3 outta 4 that was supposed to be.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 2:00:21 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: lowbridge

On a much, much smaller scale, five or six years ago, at Christmas time I was at lunch with an old friend. I saw two enlisted men in uniform having lunch and asked the waitress to bring me their check. I paid it; it wasn’t much, with tip it came to $27.22.

Later that day, I stopped at a department store to do the bulk of my Christmas shopping. I picked up some toys, a few other items and then went to the jewelry counter to get some things for my daughters. The only clerk behind the counter was being pretty savagely harassed by the three angry and impatient customers ahead of me. She handled it well but obviously hated the situation.

When it was my turn I smiled at her and joked a bit about the hideous customers she had been dealing with and asked for some help getting some ear rings for my three daughters. By this time the checkout line was snaking its way deep into the store. She offered to check out all of my purchases which would save me probably thirty minutes of standing in line. I readily accepted.

One of the items rang up wrong. I asked her, gently, if she could check it twice for me. She found her mistake and corrected it. I thanked her. When she was done she thanked me for my patience and just plain civil attitude. She then told me that she had extended a “friends and family” discount on my purchase. Again I thanked her and went home to sort out my purchases.

Only then did I look at the receipt and discovered that my discount came to $27.22. Pay it forward, I guess.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 2:36:10 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: muir_redwoods

Great story. Thanks for sharing.


16 posted on 06/23/2014 2:45:22 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: lowbridge

Excellent!!


17 posted on 06/23/2014 3:05:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: lacrew

Every time I’ve traveled I meet people that always have nice things to say about the people in Wisconsin. I’m a little biased, I live here, but I do agree, nicest people, excluding the Hood in Milwaukee and the lib filled Madison. :)


18 posted on 06/23/2014 3:20:57 PM PDT by jodster36
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To: napscoordinator
Facebook is a solid devoted Company! Thank God for it!

Are you serious? Facebook as a company had absolutely nothing to do with helping this soldier. It was the people in the area who helped him!

19 posted on 06/23/2014 3:30:31 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: muir_redwoods

Amazing story, muir_redwoods. Love it.


20 posted on 06/23/2014 3:54:12 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: muir_redwoods

A coincidence? - I think not. Good on you!


21 posted on 06/23/2014 4:03:46 PM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall pass.")
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To: lowbridge

Price, Utah.. your town is great.


22 posted on 06/23/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Oh baloney. Nobody would have known about it without Facebook. The vehicle is what helped the Soldier. No way could the coordination happen without Facebook. It is clear you don’t have Facebook. However, you may need to have it in case you are in need.


23 posted on 06/24/2014 3:44:24 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator
It is clear you don’t have Facebook

Quite the contrary. I not only have a personal Facebook account but I'm the admin on numerous other client's pages/groups! I'm probably far more familiar with facebook than you. However, that still doesn't make me feel that Facebook is a "solid devoted company" to quote you. Nor am I as enamoured with Facebook as you seem to be. Facebook, the company, couldn't give a rat's patootie whether this soldier was helped or not. In fact, it's owner, an atheist, is, in my opinion a real piece of crap!

24 posted on 06/24/2014 5:26:06 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

I didn’t know Zuck...was an atheist. Anyway, I really don’t have much to say on the Facebook front after your post. However, I will say “have a great day”.....And I am sure that I will “like” one of your Facebook posts one of these days...lol.


25 posted on 06/24/2014 5:42:43 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: lacrew

The last time I broke down and was stranded was when I was traveling home from my first drill weekend in the USAR. I was spotted by some of my fellow soldiers and they picked me up. I had to sit in the center on a bench pick up truck seat....

Well, the driver decided that the next exit on the highway was just to far to go to turn around, so he took the “emergency vehicle” turn around option. We were promptly pulled over and after explaining the situation the trooper gave him a warning.....but as there was no seat belt in the center bench seat, the trooper issued me a ticket for not wearing a seat belt!

I hate coppers!


26 posted on 06/24/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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