Couple In Danger Owe Their Lives To A Truck Driver
Sasha Alonzo 1/4/2019
The winter season can bring immeasurable joy to everyone. For most of us, it signals the start of the year-end holidays. There are parties, presents, sales and bargains, and winter break. But the season can also bring danger because of severe storms.
One couple found themselves in a terrifying situation when they realized they couldn't see the road because of a storm. They were unable to stop, not knowing if they were even on the right road. They almost lost hope until their savior arrived -- in the form of a truck driver with a heart of gold.
Emily and Jay Clarke were driving through Proserpine in North Queensland. The couple was suddenly caught in one of the most terrifying storms ever experienced in the area. They couldn't believe such a downpour. Water was everywhere. Although it was mostly along Bruce Highway, it had started climbing up the roads. It was dangerous to stop because they couldn't make out the road clearly.
While the couple was pondering how to get home safely, Emily saw a large truck coming from their left. When she saw what the truck was doing, she turned to her partner, Jay, and asked if he thought the same thing she did: Was the truck driver paving the road for them by pushing off the excess water so that they could pass through safely?
They weren't sure yet because they had no way of talking to the driver. The storm was so bad that they could only see the truck's brake lights. And there was no way the couple could stop safely when they could hardly see in front of them. So, Emily did the only thing she could: She put her faith in the truck driver and followed him.
Her trust was rewarded. While they were driving, the truck driver would put his indicator on to warn them, like when their car was nearly off the road. Emily followed the truck until it turned off at a pub. Finally, Emily and Jay were safe. They got out of the car to thank their hero.
Emily shared a message of thanks to their savior, Brendan Foote, on Facebook, and the post went viral. She recounted their harrowing story then thanked Brendan, who was fondly called "Footie," for saving their lives.
"To all the Footie's out there on the road looking out for us during this crazy weather and especially at this time of the year when the roads are the busiest, we know you have a job to do but we appreciate you!"
There was suddenly a massive outpouring of thanks and praise for Brendan's actions. Other people commented on Emily's post and shared their own experiences of having been saved by truckers during storms.
The post became so famous that even ABC News got wind of it. Brendan eventually heard about it and sent Emily a message of his own. He said that he was overwhelmed with people's messages and was grateful for the love he was receiving. Brendan was with the Jet Freighters company, and even his coworkers praised his actions.
Brendan's actions this Christmas brought to life the famous saying, "Not all heroes wear capes." Here's to hoping for many more stories about truckers who guide people to safety in the most dangerous storms.