With hundreds of people stranded, some cars abandoned, from the blizzard that tore through the northern and eastern parts of El Paso County, a group of well-equipped good Samaritans sought to help out.
“We’re just people, just like them, that just happen to have four-wheel drive vehicles and have the ability to get out and help,” said Joe Sugg, one of the organizers of the group.
Sugg and hundreds of other drivers of high-clearance, large-tired cars scoured the roadways Wednesday night to help anyone who was stranded.
Sugg said they’re priority shifted from getting cars out of the situations they were stuck in, to getting people to safety and out of the elements.
“We had a party of 12 from Texas out here for our spring break vacation,” said Nico Ramirez. “Joe and his group were awesome. [They] took us all in the car and took us to a place to stay for the night.”
The group was headed back home after a vacation to Breckenridge. Children were among their group.
“There are so many people in this state that have come out,” said Gopeinath Chandrahasan. “I can’t thank them enough for what they did for us.”
Sugg said the group’s members go out in teams to ensure if they get stuck, they don’t need to be rescued as well.
Sugg believes the white-out conditions and high winds made it difficult for even the best-equipped vehicles to make it through. He estimates the group helped hundreds of people.
“It’s an odd thing in the context of we all have different political views, we all have different backgrounds and socioeconomic status,” Sugg said. “But, at the end of the day, we’re just people, and that’s what last night showed is the heart of the good Samaritan to help and how and when you can.”