Good Samaritans help free firetruck from snow

A North Kitsap Fire & Rescue truck that had become stuck in the snow got a little help from a few good Samaritans who happened to be passing by early Monday morning.

At around 3 a.m. Trentin Moss, Josh Smith and Shallee Baker had been driving through Suquamish — checking in on friends and family to ensure everyone was safe while the snow continued to accumulate — when they noticed the stalled fire engine.

“Shallee, Josh and I, we were out checking on everybody and we came across the firetruck and they looked pretty stuck,” Moss said. “We had our shovels handy, so we figured, we’ll get them loose so that they can go out and help other people.”

In fact, Moss noted that the NKF&R engine was actually the second vehicle he had helped free from the snow that day.

Moss said he tries to make a point to make sure his friends and family are safe during adverse weather, power outages and storms because “you never know when you’re going to need help.”

“Maybe if you do a good deed, it’ll come back to you when you’re in need,” Moss said. “We just wanted to make sure everybody was alright.”

“It’s a lovely little story,” said North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Spokesperson Michele Laboda. “The weather really started to turn and the Suquamish engine was responding to a wires [down] with fire call.”

Laboda said such calls are fairly typical of inclement weather events, but after searching for the reported wires in the area of South Angeline Avenue, crews were unable to find any downed lines. Just as the crew were set to leave the area, the vehicle lost traction in the snow.

“In the process of going around the block, they started to slide a bit and stopped the engine rather than end up in the ditch,” Laboda said. “They were chained, but Suquamish … bore the brunt of that first wave and they really took a lot of snow, it was just more than they could overcome on that slight hill.”

“As they were working, this pickup truck came up, two men and one woman hopped out with snow shovels and without a word started working, and ultimately cleared quite a significant path. That was really pivotal in the engine being able to get out without incident.”

“We really appreciated the assist,” she added.

Trentin Moss, Josh Smith and Shallee Baker stopped to help a stuck NKF&R engine early Monday morning after heavy snowfall in the area. Photos courtesy of Shallee Baker.

Trentin Moss, Josh Smith and Shallee Baker stopped to help a stuck NKF&R engine early Monday morning after heavy snowfall in the area. Photos courtesy of Shallee Baker.

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