State trooper and Owosso community save man from sleeping outside

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OWOSSO (WJRT) (1/30/2019) - In the middle of dangerous sub-zero temperatures came a heartwarming story about the generosity of others.

Jack Snell has had a rough few months living in his truck after a recent divorce. He's grateful a Michigan State Police trooper found him, because he's not sure if he could handle the bone chilling cold weather any longer.

"Probably wouldn't have made it through another night. I don't think I could,” Snell said.

Snell has called his truck home since October. He recently ran out of gas to keep the truck running and stay warm.

So, with the coldest weather in a quarter of a century, Snell put on as many layers as he could to stay warm.

"I had another sweatshirt and another coat on, and I had a couple of blankets,” Snell said.

All those layers weren’t enough to keep Snell warm.

“Not as well. My feet were really frozen,” he said.

An state trooper spotted Snell sleeping in a parking lot in Corunna and brought him to the O-Town Cafe in Owosso, which is staying open 24 hours until Friday evening as a warming shelter.

"Hour and a half or so to get him warmed up with some coffee and some hot soup,” O-Town Café owner Amber Cohen said.

"It got really cold, and I didn't realize how cold it was until I got here this morning,” Snell said.

O-Town Cafe wasn't the only one there to lend a helping hand as several other people donated a gas card, hand warmers and snow pants.

"We've been generously loved by our community with donations and volunteers and support,” Cohen said.

These giving people didn't stop there, as the local director of Homeless Angels was able to get Snell a new job.

"It's a part of our community I've learned giving back is what works well to better our community and to make it a place we all want to be a part of,” Owosso Homeless Angels Director Shelly Ochodnicky said.

Snell says he plans on paying it forward because he wants to be able to give back to the people who've helped him in his time of need.

"I don't think I could have done it on my own honestly without some help,” Snell said.



 
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