A national guardsman was spotted stoically carrying a sick baby girl through a snowstorm in North Carolina after a tree fell onto a nearby power line and left the pair without power and stranded in the frigid weather.
In a photo shared by the North Carolina National Guard, Sgt. Donovan McPherson, 27, could be seen lifting the little girl in her car seat, as snow fell all around him. The girl and her mom were transported from their home in Lenoir to Hudson, where they have relatives. An astonishing 18 inches of snow was reported to have fallen in Lenoir, making the roads absolutely impassible.
Earlier today a Soldier with the 883rd Eng CO assisted the NC Emergency Management All Hazard Response Team dispatched to Caldwell County transport a baby to Hudson, N.C. Well done!!
“The baby was recently sick… they were worried the baby would get sick again.,” McPherson told WRAL-TV. The rescue worker told the station that when he arrived at the home, the mom was a bit panicked as she attempted to gather up her things and evacuate her little daughter. No doubt, when McPherson arrived, she was extremely grateful.
“She just thanked us,” he said.
McPherson is with the 883rd Engineer Company from Winston-Salem. He’s been a guardsman for 11 years and is also a student at UNC Greensboro.
One Facebook user who claimed to be the girl’s grandmother posted her thanks to the National Guard’s Facebook page.
“Thank you all for working so hard & helping my granddaughter get to a warm area to help maintain her body temperature,” she wrote. “She would have been out too long to make it to my house. And also a big thank you to responding Caldwell County rescue. All the people were extremely nice and helpful.”
Over 140,000 North Carolina residents were left without power on Sunday when the snowstorm hit, with officials noting that at least three deaths have been caused by the extreme weather.
All that heavy wet #snow is starting to weigh #powerlines and tree branches down. Here on the 2800 block of Beck Rd a power pole has broken. Remember when the power goes out to safely use alternative heating and lighting sources. #NCWx #DurhamWeather #WinterStorm #WinterSafety pic.twitter.com/aikCgH3htM
— Durham Sheriff (@DurhamSheriff) December 9, 2018
There was also chaos on the roads. Authorities reported some 672 in accidents North Carolina as of Monday morning.
*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through this morning.
* Black ice could cause hazardous travel conditions.
* Temps will climb above freezing later in the AM.
* Dry conditions will continue through Wed and Thurs before rain chances increase late Thurs night.#ncwx pic.twitter.com/F5Z7U71IUT
— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) December 12, 2018
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said that the state had “gotten through the worst of the storm,” but urged residents to “stay vigilant.”
“Unfortunately, the snow has turned into a nightmare and a tragedy for some, claiming three lives,” he said. “We mourn them and offer our deepest sympathies to their loved ones.”