First responders help people in bad weather

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Many helped others as part of their job. Law enforcement and tow truck drivers helped some out of a few jams.

“We don't hardly turn anybody down, we go just about everywhere,” said Ismail Camur of Victory Towing.

Camur said he has even sent out trucks to Weiss, Va. to assist people who were in need.

From tow truck drivers, to first responders, many try to stay in when it is cold and snowy but there are certain people who are on call 24-hours-a-day, 7-days a week 365-days-a-year.

“We have called everybody out,” said Chief Deputy Tony Eversole of the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.
“We had at least 100 motor vehicle calls.”

Eversole said the majority of the accidents were people sliding in the sludge. Camur said the majority of cars he had towed were on elevated areas.

“People sliding off the road in the ditch some people have a hard time getting up the hill,” said Camur.

“We have been getting people to and from the hospital support staff and nurses and physicians,” said Eversole.
“We have had power outages in certain places so we have transported people to Hazard to the local motels and stuff.”

Some who braved the conditions ended up needing to be rescued.

“Lots of people are out in two wheel drives and they are finding out that they are not able to go anywhere,” said Eversole.

“If people are in the ditch stranded we get them out, sometimes we take them to the nearest gas station, restaurant. whatever it takes, we are there to help,” said Camur.

Law enforcement said it is best to play it safe so you do not get stuck.

“This is not going to last long, stay home,” said Eversole.
“If it is not an emergency, just stay home.”

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