Newspaper delivery man rescues driver

Al Slot, the good Samaritan who rescued a driver whose vehicle had stalled on I-96 in Walker. (Jan. 29, 2014)

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids Press delivery man rescued a driver who was stranded on I-96 northwest of Grand Rapids early Wednesday.

Around 2 a.m., Press truck driver Al Slot was headed along the highway near the Fruit Ridge Avenue exit in Walker.

“I noticed a disabled car with no four-ways on,” he described. “I slowed down. The roads were extremely icy and I seen he had the dome light on, so I thought someone’s not real far away.”

Then he saw something.

“The next thing I know, just by the grace of God, I see this black object out in the snow out in the median. I’m thinking, is it a truck tire or something. I slow down and look, and I see a human arm waving. And I said, ‘Oh my God it’s a person,'” Slot said.

He stopped and helped the man out of the snow.

A few other drivers stopped to help lift the man into a pickup truck to keep warm until an ambulance arrived.

The man was wearing only a coat and pajama bottoms. In the freezing temperatures — which dipped to 4 degrees, not accounting for wind chill, according to Storm Team 8 — he likely would not have lasted long.

Al Slot is a distant relative of Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot, who in 2011 was hit and killed on the same stretch of I-96 where the Wednesday rescue happened.

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