About a month ago, a treacherous lake effect storm pounded down on the North Country. It left many people stranded, but the community of Adams opened their doors to those travelers. And as our Elizabeth Jeneault tells us, those locals were honored for their efforts on Saturday.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Senator Patty Ritchie handed out "snow angel" awards to members of the Adams community Saturday, thanking them for their efforts in last month's lake effect storm.
During that time, Interstate 81 was shut down, forcing many travelers onto Route 11. And when they got stuck, and heard a shelter was opening at the Adams Fire Hall, nearly 200 of them showed up.
One of those travelers was Theresa Brown, who had just gotten out of the hospital and was trying to get home after undergoing a major surgery.
"We ended up sitting in the McDonald's parking lot for a while until friends of ours informed us that the fire station had opened it's doors, so here we came," said Brown.
Uncomfortable and in pain, Theresa and her partner Jesse jumped at a special opportunity.
"One of the fireman came up and said, 'Hey the community is opening their homes, whose willing to go?' and I jumped on board the ship," explained Brown.
A local Adams resident named Kathy came to Theresa's rescue in an incredible act of kindness. She even offered up her master bedroom to the couple.
"I knew Theresa was in a lot of pain, she just looked like she was in a lot of pain because she just had surgery and we just sat there and talked," said Kathy Sheley.
And it was exactly that type of effort which Ritchie set out to honor Saturday.
"I think it speaks volumes about the people in the North Country, what they're willing to do so today I just wanted to come here and say thank you and acknowledge the 'snow angels' as we call them," said Senator Patty Ritchie.
Recognition for a community that truly deserves it.
And a way for locals like Kathy to once again chat with the stranded travelers they helped.
"Today when I walked in and I saw them here I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, this is so great,'" said Sheley.
And Kathy says she's just excited the event gave her another chance to grab Theresa's phone number and address so that they can now keep in touch in the future.