A four-day series of snowstorms is no picnic, especially for the Willamette Valley where years can go by without any significant snowfall.
The several inches of snow -- and the thick layer of ice on top of it -- made for treacherous driving conditions between Thursday and Sunday.
Fortunately, there were no shortage of everyday heroes jumping at the chance to help out fellow Oregonians and Washingtonians. See below.
"Red" on Highway 26
Kathy Scheuffele is hoping her message reaches a man known only as "Red." Here's what she wrote on the FOX 12 Facebook page late Thursday night:
"Thanks to the angels on the Beaverton I-26 exit coming out of Portland! There were about 5 of them helping people as fast as they could. Extra special thanks to an awesome guy who I think I heard his friends call him Red. He towed me from that Portland exit, through the tunnel, over Sylvan Hill, almost to Canyon Rd. He wouldn't take any money & barely even the thanks and praise. I couldn't read his license plate number because it was covered in snow. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! So proud of the good people living in the Northwest!"
The Grabhorn Road Good Samaritan
Carol Castaneda shared her own story of a highway hero in another post to the FOX 12 page:
"Many thanks to the good Samaritan on Grabhorn Road in Beaverton, Thursday night, who helped us put our tire chains on. We made it up the snowy hill safely thanks to him!"
Tara Thayer posted this story about her marathon drive home and an unfortunate flat tire:
Portland people are always good! When driving home on 26 to the coast (at the end of my 8 hour drive) i got a flat tire! I pulled over looked at the tire looked up and down the street wondering which way to walk and suddenly a woman pulls over in a van asked if i needed help and said it looked like i had kids so she stopped, I had my daughters 8 & 3 in the car with me. she called her husband to come change the tire for us, helped me unpack my entire trunk from our week away then her husband stopped his shopping trip drove about 10 miles to us changed it for me and were on their way, and so was I. <3 Oregonians!
The Battle Ground exit heroes
By now, you're getting the idea. Here's Nancy Koon sharing her experience on her commute home to Battle Ground:
A BIG THANK YOU to the 2 men who are on the Battle Ground exit, in the 4X4s towing each car up the hill onto 502. Without your help, a lot of people would be sleeping in their cars tonight. THANK YOU!
TVFR firefighters and Metro West paramedics
The roads may have been borderline impassable at times, and that can make rushing a mother-to-be to the hospital a real challenge. At least two expectant mothers didn't quite make it.
Enter Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue firefighters and Metro West paramedics, who rushed to a grocery store parking lot at Southwest 185th Avenue and Farmington Road. Firefighters later delivered the healthy baby girl in the back of an ambulance. A very similar birth happened 24 hours earlier in the back of an ambulance on Highway 217, where firefighter Jesse Fitzpatrick delivered a healthy baby boy.
Maybe you've seen the FOX 12 "Unstoppable" weather commercials, where the FOX 12 weather team emphasizes the Pacific Northwest's "can't stop us" mentality when it comes to weather. During Thursday's snowstorm, FOX 12 may have found a new poster boy: Alex Hacke, who shared his GoPro bike commute video and affectionately became known as "Snowbeard" in the FOX 12 newsroom. Watch his video here.
Jeep Patrol volunteers
Road conditions were so dire in Salem on Saturday that the Marion County Sheriff's Office mobilized its team of Jeep Patrol volunteers. The volunteers drove around to the homes of Salem Hospital's critical staff, picked up each employee who needed a ride and took them to work.
No Portlander lets a sunny day go to waste. Apparently, the people of Portland don't let a snowy day go to waste either.
When the snow hit, Win Goodbody organized an impromptu urban ski race right in the middle of the Pearl District. People showed up by the dozen and cross country skied their way around the streets of Northwest Portland. For one day (or three days) only, Portland was a "Nordic wonderland."
Everyone who still had to go to work
Not everyone had the choice to stay at home during the snowstorms. From tow truck drivers to paramedics to grocery store clerks, they all deserve their share of credit.
Capree Dorr shared a photo of her husband, a UPS delivery driver in Troutdale, who always wears shorts to work, no matter the blizzard-like conditions.
Local and state police and firefighters
Oregon State Police said they helped 900 drivers who needed assistance.
Portland firefighters said they picked up 53 endangered people in one night and gave them all a lift to a local warming shelter.
Linn County deputies drove hospital staff from their homes to Lebanon and Albany Hospital.
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