Although most women today generally do not like to think of themselves as damsels in distress, when fate puts them in harm’s way, sometimes all they can do is summon a knight in shining armor to come. to the rescue. For an American woman, that gentleman turned out to be a Canadian ranger.
Lynn Marchessault was behind the wheel of a pickup truck towing a large trailer as she and her two children headed to Alaska to meet her husband at the military base where he currently serves.
Although Marchessault is a former military man and is used to tough situations, even after switching to studded snow tires, the Southerner was unprepared for the snowy conditions that gradually worsened as they traveled north.
Rather than risk hurting herself or her children, Marchessault decided to get off the road and live in a roadside shelter that had been set up to house temporary workers. Her husband, stranded due to COVID-19 protocols, was unable to come to her aid, so Marchessault submitted a request for help online.
The message was detected by the watchful eyes of Gary Bath, who lives with his wife, Selena, in Fort St. John, British Columbia. Although the walk was about 1,700 kilometers (roughly 1,056 miles), he was determined to take this woman who had never met her children before to her destination.
“I didn’t care how far away it was, I just knew they needed help and had a few days to get to the border before they got into trouble,” Bath said. CBC News.
In addition to the stressful driving conditions, as a park ranger, Bath knew that Americans are only allowed a certain grace period to reach Alaska from the lower 48 states to Alaska.
Bath and his wife, with their car loaded with provisions, met Marchessault and his family at the inn. Entrusting them to Bath’s care, Selena drove home, leaving Bath behind to fulfill her duties as the chauffeur of a knight in shining armor.
With Bath as pilot, the remainder of the trip was uneventful. Everyone in the car observed the COVID-19 precautions and the group arrived at their destination on the Alaska border near Beaver Creek in the Yukon in good spirits.
With her charges safely delivered, Bath now faced the overwhelming undertaking of making the return trip, but she had no need to worry. News of his good deed had spread quickly.
Thanks to word of mouth among her fellow rangers, combined with generous public contributions for her airfare to complete the final leg of her journey, Bath made it home on time.
Bath says that as happy as he was to help, he was also touched by the generosity of others who helped along the way.
Marchessault was full of praise for the man who had saved the day, and also for his wife. “We will always be grateful to Gary and I am grateful to his wife for raising and lending him,” he said.
It seems that Marchessault and Selena Bath really get along and hope to renew the friendship when the family returns to the south.
And if that’s not a poignant ending to a story that began on a snowy winter day, we don’t know what it is.
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