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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

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Unable to drive in Buffalo's deadly blizzard, Jay Withey broke in to a school, went back with a snow blower to get other trapped motorists into the warm school, then broke into the cafeteria for food and the nurse's office for blankets. Police say the 27-year-old mechanic saved 24 lives.


The blizzard survivors cleaned up after themselves, police said. They found a note, addressed "to whomever it may concern." (Note the correct use of "whomever.")


"I’m terribly sorry about breaking the school window & for breaking in the kitchen … I had to do it to save everyone and get them shelter," the note said.


It was signed: "Merry Christmas, Jay."


The survivors hope to get together again for a reunion -- in summer.

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Steve Sherman
Steve Sherman
Dec 31, 2022

It's kind of amazing that during the Christmas season no one took even 1 of these wanderers in - you know like Away in the Manger

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Dec 31, 2022
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/buffalo-woman-saves-life-of-mentally-disabled-man-caught-in-historic-blizzard/ar-AA15J6eO

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obiwandreas
Dec 30, 2022

This is one of my favorite stories from the storm. Two more incredible coincidences from the storm:


1) Jay's father ran snowmobile rescues during the Blizzard of '77.


2) A week before the storm hit, the touring production of Come From Away was in town.

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