Heroes of the Week: Casey Holihan, John Noe, and Schmidt Baking Company

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

Earlier this month, motorists were stranded along I-95 in Virginia. The ice and snow took the area by surprise and caused a massive traffic jam, resulting in people to being stranded for more than 20 hours. Some of these folks ran out of gas and needed food.

One couple Casey Holihan and her husband John Noe, who hadn’t eaten in 30 hours, were stuck on the interstate behind a bakery truck. They came up with the brilliant idea to call the company’s customer service, explain their situation, and ask if they could have some bread to eat. The owner of Schmidt Baking Company said that he would call the truck driver and instruct him to pass out all of the bread to anyone he could reach.

Casey and John were all too happy to help hand out the loaves of bread to the people who had been cold and hungry for almost two days. They, along with the truck driver Ron Hill, walked the interstate handing out bread to all of the people on the freeway until they were too frozen from the cold to walk anymore.

Casey was blown away at how quickly the baking company responded. She said it was great to see a company choose humanity over profit.

Learn more about this story as covered by NBC’s Today.

Suzanne’s Response:

Well, there are plenty of heroes in this story – the owner of the company, the truck driver, and, of course, Casey and John for initiating the good will of feeding so many people who were in need.

We’re glad that everyone is back home and safe.

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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