Fort Drum Soldier's Small Act Of Kindness Makes Big Impact

Fort Drum Soldier's Small Act Of Kindness Makes Big Impact

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If you dared to venture outside during last Thursday's snowstorm, you know just how difficult it was to navigate. But Kristina Richardson and Lisa Patenaude only made it to the parking lot after work before they got into trouble.

"There was ice just built right up in my windshield wipers and they would just start a little bit and then just stop," said Lisa.

The two worked to get their cars out when a stranger stopped to help. 

"I was like, 'Oh, an angel has been sent," said Kristina.

That person was Private First Class Derrick Roberson, a soldier who was on his way home from Fort Drum.

"I brought my shovel. I brought my scraper and said, 'Hey, do you guys need any help? Is there anything that you need,'" he said.

Derrick brushed off snow from Kristina's car, and then helped break the ice from Lisa's car and dug a path to get her out of the parking lot.

Derrick had already had a long journey through the elements and was almost home when he was driving past the parking lot. But he says it was worth it stop and take the time to help out.

"I didn't worry about the snow. I'm just glad they got home safely," he said.

"We need more people like that in the world. I was glad to meet him," said Kristina. 

Derrick's good deed spread quickly after Lisa shared their story on Facebook.

"I wanted to share good news because there are a lot of good people out there in the world and we need to talk about them," said Lisa.

A helping hand that made a difference for three people. 

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