Snow Angel No. 9: When a winch helps
by Eddie Burkhalter
Feb 02, 2014 | 2326 views |  0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Crystal Jenkins, 34, and her husband, Artie, recently moved to their home on State Farm Road in Alexandria.

The Jenkinses hadn’t met any of their neighbors until one family found themselves in need of help Wednesday, when their car skidded off the road and into a ditch.

“We have a Land Rover with a winch on the front,” Jenkins said, so she called her husband and when he got home later that day, they pulled the car from the ditch.

Jenkins said her home sits just after a curve on a hill, an easy spot for vehicles to get into trouble when the road gets icy.

“When you first start up the hill it doesn’t look like there’s any ice, but when you go around the curve it’s really shaded,” Jenkins said.

Instead of waiting to offer help to another stranded driver, Jenkins thought it best to be proactive and throw out a lifeline. She made a sign letting stuck drivers know there was a family with a winch at the first house on the right, and included her phone number.

“I didn’t think anybody would really call the number,” Jenkins said.

But someone did call. Another car found its way into the same ditch Thursday morning, Jenkins said, but by the time they got the Land Rover down to help, a tractor had showed and pulled the car free.

Asked if she thought her kind act would warrant such attention, Jenkins laughed.

“No. I didn’t think anybody would pay attention to it at all. That’s what’s hilarious,” she said.

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