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Heros on Hibbard Save Our Ski Day
January 4, 2010 - Theresa Proudfit
New Years Eve was a short day at The Daily News. If our work was finished and we made up our time we could leave at noon. My work was finished so a day at Pine Mountain was in order. It was both mine and my niece Savahnna's first trip skiing/snowboarding this year and we were anxious to get to the hill. I packed up the car with our gear and extra hats and gloves in case Savahnna forgot bring hers...which she did.. and went and picked up the kid. She's a North sider so we took Fairbanks to Hibbard to get to the hill. I have driven that road many times and know it to be slippery so I take caution (I remember an incident in high school with my dear friend Laura, her convertible, too much speed, a 360, and a frightened tree). I was driving about 22 miles and hour and we were a few hundred feet from the intersection when I started to break. What the heck... I hit a ice patch and I think my car actually picked up speed. We were out of control and headed toward the Pine Mountain Road intersection. My mind was racing. Savahnna and I had been in an accident before. She was four and a 16 year old kid turned into our path. Now we were headed right toward a busy intersection and my fear was rising. I had to veer left into a snow bank. Thank the Lord the car stopped. We were safe, but propped up on top a large bank. I was happy we were safe, but I sighed. It was already 1 p.m. and we only had a few hours to ski before I had to bring her home. Then mid-sigh.. I saw them coming..six or so... faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a 14 teen year old and her aunt..one carrying a shovel and another with a cell phone. Our ski day was saved. The good Samaritans had us out of the bank and back on the road in less then five minutes. I was so grateful we were on our way again and I thanked everyone so much for helping us. As we were pulling away Savahnna said "Auntie I was really scared for a minute". I said "I was too Nana, I was too". Then I paused for a moment, looked up and said one more "Thank You!!!!!" Fifteen minutes later we hitting the slopes. Thanks again to the gentlemen who pulled us out of the bank. We will be sure to pass on the act of kindness.
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