Wrangler TJ Rescues Big Rig From Blizzard in U.K.
Aptly-named owner of 20-year-old Wrangler receives honors for his efforts while also proving how amazing Jeeps are.
Jeeps are more than just fun off-road vehicles. Their very origins were in service to those who fought against the Axis powers in World War II, followed by stints with the U.S. Postal Service, a few fire departments around the country, even municipal water companies
Thus, it only makes sense that our civilian Jeeps live up to the standards set by those in service. Such was the case for owner Mark Blessed, who used his TJ Wrangler to pull out several vehicles from a big snowstorm around St. Austell, England a while ago, including a 40-ton big rig.
“Somehow my little Jeep managed to tow a [40-ton truck] and let him go on his way,” said Blessed. “So many people were standing and cheering – it just goes to show how one little thing that you do affects so many different people along the way. I just did a good deed, not to be recognised.”
The truck had gotten stuck on the side of the snowy road, blocking an ambulance with a patient in the back behind it. Blessed used his Wrangler’s 4×4 prowess and strength to pull the truck out in order for both it and the ambulance to get back on their way. The act earned Blessed a few accolades, including one from Cornwall independent radio station, Pirate FM.
“We were inundated with nominations for hundreds of very deserving people in Cornwall” said Pirate FM event organizer Holly Day, “but Mark really stood out as the epitome of a good neighbour.”
Blessed received his Pirate FM Local Heroes award at a ceremony, April 5, in Tregenna Castle in St. Ives. But that’s not all, for Jeep U.K. gave him a tire cover for his Wrangler, plus a few gifts.
“When we heard about Mark’s generous actions, and the fact that he was able to help clear the road of a 40-ton truck using his Wrangler,” said Jeep UK marketing manager Andrew Tracey, “we were absolutely delighted. Mark fully deserves this recognition and we were happy to send him some gifts with our good wishes.”