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Reading snow plow driver saves man from cold and snow

READING, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A man is recovering after a quick-thinking plow driver comes to his aid. The city of Reading employee spotted a neighbor who fell behind some bushes outside his home. Local 12's Larry Davis has the story.

Snow days are long days for plow drivers like Brandon Asbrock. He spent much of Thursday plowing the streets of Reading. At about 2 p.m. Asbrock was working on Maple Avenue when his eye caught something strange in the ice and snow. "I looked over and I just happened to see his legs and I thought that's a heck of a place to take a nap. So i figured I'd slam the brakes on and check it out to make sure, to see if he's okay."

There, face down in the snow between the porch and the bushes, was 69-year-old Roger Trusty. He had fallen and broken his ankle, he couldn't get up. Trusty says he has no idea how long he was down in the cold snow, "I was afraid I was going to freeze to death, I really was. I got cold."

Maureen Green lives across the street and saw Asbrock run to help her neighbor. "Grabbed some blankets and came down the stairs, then went across the street and Roger was on the ground, said he couldn't get up."

Asbrock called for help, as Green who is a nurse, helped Trusty. Lucky for him, his fall did not happen at night. "He would not have been seen at all. There's no way he would have been seen with how hard it was snowing and last night with the winds and all of that. He definitely could have stood a chance at dying here last night."

Today, Trusty is awaiting a cast for his foot and he has a message for his plow-driving hero, "we'll get together, brother."

Says Asbrock, "I just did what anybody else would have done. I'm just glad I was able to find him before too late."

"He's very lucky, he's blessed. He's got some really good angels up there looking out for him, and one of them is that snow plow driver," says neighbor Maureen.

Asbrock says it's fortunate his eye caught Trusty, usually his eyes are straight ahead on the road. Trusty will be laid up for six weeks, with the broken ankle.




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