Hero of the Week: Jay Withey

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.

A major winter storm hit Buffalo, New York, over the holidays – and if you or your family were in it, we hope you’re all okay. During that storm, 27-year-old Jay Withey took action and saved a dozen lives.

Jay was on his way to help a friend when his truck got stuck. He had rescued two strangers who were nearby, and they all slept in his truck through the night. When Jay’s truck ran out of gas, he started walking around the neighborhood and found a school. So, he broke the window and got the people from his truck inside the school. Then, he went out looking for others that were stranded. Eventually, Jay brought about a dozen people to the school where they sheltered in a warm area and enjoyed food from the cafeteria until help came.

Jay wrote on a board in the school apologizing for breaking the building’s window but said that he had to do whatever he could to help people.

Learn more about this story as covered by Buffalo’s News 4.

Kix’s Response:

A lot of lives were lost due to that storm, and it sounds like without Jay Withey, there could have been even more tragedies. So, we are happy to recognize Jay as our ACC Hero of the Week!

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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