The state of Texas has been hard-hit by winter storm Uri this year. Many have lost their homes, cars, and even lives to terrible weather conditions. Thankfully, one Good Samaritan helped save many lives by helping hundreds of drivers during the terrible storm!
Scary Texas Storms
When the horrible winter storms hit Texas recently, Ryan Sivley knew that he needed to do something. Why? Well, in the past, the Good Samaritan from Austin, Texas, almost died himself in a car accident and knew how scary it can feel. So, he wanted to make sure that other drivers avoided a similar fate at all costs. But Sivley’s amazing feat does not end there. In that car accident, the young man shattering his pelvic bone and now cannot walk for more than two hours a day. That’s why he spends so much time in his four-wheel-drive vehicle! Still, in the end, this incredible man managed to rescue 145 stranded drivers during storm Uri. That’s right!
These days, Sivley counts off-roading as one of his many hobbies. So, he had plenty of straps and chains to throw on and help stranded drivers. When the storm hit, Sivley threw his equipment in the car and started helping anyone he could find. His rides included driving medical center patients and nurses to their homes and transporting people to safe spots during the power loss. Now, deservedly so, everyone wants to call Sivley a hero. However, he isn’t so keen on taking the title…
Good Samaritan Helps Everyone In Need
Even more incredible, though the entirety of his extraordinary acts, Sivley has never asked for a single penny. “Well, put yourself in their shoes. If you were sitting on the side of the road with your wife and your kids and you’re freezing in the car, and it’s not running and you don’t have anywhere to go and you don’t have anyone to call, what do you do?” he asked. “I’ve seen wreckers turning people away because they won’t pull them out due to liability. You need to stay in your car and just freeze to death? If I was in that spot, I would beg and hope that somebody would help me. So that’s what I’m doing.”
Despite not asking for payments, Sivley still gets his part: whether he’s paid in home-cooked meal afterward, a simple thank you, or only smiles, he’s happy. “Usually, they give me something like five or 10 bucks for gas, but, you know, everybody is really happy,” he explained. “A lot of people really have no electricity or water.” His humbleness has not stopped others from telling everyone how wonderful Sivley is though!
One Of The Lucky Drivers
Jill Ventimiglia was one of the lucky people Sivley rescued. Afterward, she posted her story of her interaction with the Good Samaritan. “Austinites, today was not a fun day. It was so scary but an angel Ryan Sivley saved me and 98 other people from being stranded in the road. He towed me and my car all the way to my parents’ house!! IF HE WASN’T THERE I WOULD STILL BE STUCK ON THE ROAD,” she wrote in the post. “Once we got to my parents’ house I gave Ryan money, sandwiches and water…He is a true human being and needs to be compensated for his act of kindness.” Later, Ventimiglia wrote another post, asking others for donations to Sivley’s Venmo account.
Meanwhile, while the storm may have passed, Ryan Sivley says his work is not yet done in his home state of Texas. “This is all I’m doing, just helping out wherever I can,” he said. “I’m not asking you for anything. If someone helps with a few dollars for gas, that’s great.” We thank you for your hard work, Ryan!