Local man helps people get around in the ice and snow

Friday, February 20, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

With Marshall County's people struggling to make it through the unbearably frigid temperatures from the Winter Blast of 2015, one person decided to help those in need by offering rides and pick-ups.

Daniel McCoy is the name of the man who posted on a Lewisburg-based Facebook page that he was offering to give rides to people who were stuck in their homes or go to the store for them.

For about six months, McCoy was without a vehicle due to financial problems. It wasn't until December of last year his friend helped him purchase a car.

While without a vehicle, McCoy, who at the time worked for Walker Die Casting and later Ace Bayou, had to ride his bike, walk or ask for rides to work.

"If I was working, I would try to schedule a shift that certain people who helped me get home were working on," said McCoy.

He said this was one reason why he felt compelled to give rides to people who were afraid to drive or who were stuck in their homes without a ride.

"I didn't know how to thank him enough for his help. In return, he told me to help others if I could. So, I thought what better way to help people than with the car the person helped me get?" said McCoy.

He has experience driving in snowy weather from when he drove a 16-foot box truck for a living for almost three years.

So far he has made several trips to the store for people, driven a man to work, went to pick up dinner for a family who wasn't able to, and even took a man to his mother's home in Columbia because she thought a tree had fallen on her house.

On Wednesday, he received a message from a man who was in the nursing home who was not able to leave to get the things he needed from the store. He gave McCoy money and McCoy picked up the things the man needed from the store.

He said that picking up strangers is scary for him and also dangerous for people getting into his vehicle, but he hopes they will remember him from his work at Huddle House and remember he is just trying to be a good citizen. He said it is worth the risk to help someone.

"It can be dangerous for either person, but hopefully in this weather, you can use good judgment," said McCoy.

"I was always told to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. My upbringing and wanting to help people get what they need in this weather is what brought me to go out of my way and help these people. Actually, I was questioning if anyone would actually accept the help."

McCoy shows that giving back to the community doesn't take money, all it took for him was a big heart and a tank of gas.