Posted: 9:58 am Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Rescued by Roswell’s ‘Red Jeep Hero’ 

By Chip Towers

I was among the lucky ones.

I was one of the thousands of that got stranded in yesterday’s gridlock for the ages. My sister and I were trying to make it to my father’s house in Calhoun to celebrate his 76th birthday. I was aware of the weather and the growing gridlock when we left shortly after lunch. But I planned to take back roads to avoid the interstates and, based on the weather forecasts I’d seen, I was certain it wouldn’t be around long or be as bad as some thought, especially since we were traveling north.

Boy was I wrong.

We got as far as Alpharetta and the North Point area when the gridlock ensnared us. Moving at less than a mile per hour we sought refuge in Jose’s Mexican Grill at North Point Parkway and Webb Bridge Road.

A couple of hours later, it was clear neither the traffic nor the roads were getting any better. We started exploring options and realized I had a high school buddy who lived 5.1 miles away. Certainly we could get five miles, we thought.

Two more hours later we’d traveled two miles and had reached what appeared to be a complete standstill on Old Alabama Connector. Cars were unable to negotiate the hill. I was dressed warm enough to consider walking the rest of the way but my sister was not.

That’s when we were rescued by a hero in a red jeep.

Realizing we were going nowhere fast, I called my friend Jimmy Nall and he said he might have a friend who could come get us. So we pulled over and stopped at a daycare.

Al Lobuglio is a medical sales executive who lives in the Willow Springs neighborhood at Country Club of Roswell. He was in his red jeep Tuesday driving all over Roswell and Alpharetta rescuing neighbors and friends stranded in the icy gridlock. He also happens to be one of my friend Jimmy’s golf buddies.

Lobuglio’s red jeep came barreling into the parking lot where we were stopped in about 15 minutes. A dentist named Torrey Callaicutt was already in the jeep (she’d also been rescued) and Lobuglio’s wife Kelly. They had wine.

Lubuglio told me they’d picked up about “11 or 12″ people to that point. They’d also gotten kids home from Northwood Elementary and picked up a wine salesman, Steve Harvill, who had walked six miles up Highway 400.

They were headed back out to pick up more stranded motorists after dropping us off at Jimmy’s house. He’d made crab legs and had cold beer.

Angels in a red jeep and an old high school buddy living in Roswell. God bless ‘em!

62 comments
THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

THEBuckeye!  I thought you were a genius?  Wierd is spelled Weird.  We can review tonight when we play teacher at your place.  2014 National Champs coming up!  Book it!

BreastMan
BreastMan

Jimbo Fisher could've used a red jeep hero to get to Norcross yesterday. Too bad. Further proof God wants Carter to be a Dawg.


You OSU guys are weird.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Most good samaritans I saw had Bullldog gear on. Way to go Bulldog Nation.

UGA75
UGA75

Appreciate that you have friends and that there were other good Samaritans out helping people. Friend of mine in Rockmart picked up and delivered about 30 school kids who were stuck on a stuck bus. They got the bus unstuck later but the kids were safe and warm long before that.

Great Column on a bad day, Happy Birthday (belated) to your Dad.

thebucket
thebucket

It takes a complete idiot and classless jerk to try and turn every freaking article in the ajc sports section into an opportunity to demonstrate UGA Obsession Disorder and/or mock the writer of the article. I love articles of this nature because it reminds all of us that there is something bigger in life than sports, and that's relationships! CT was able to call on good friends in a time of need because he had friends to call. I can't imagine how difficult this life is when people don't have family or friends to call on when they need a helping hand.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Buckeye.....


I had no idea you were so sensitive.  The new you?   

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

sounds like a nice respite from the sports world Chip...go dogs 

TampGator1
TampGator1

WDE....


I stopped at a couple of bars on my long journey home that day.  The bars that remained open were packed with others making their way somehow that day.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

Buckeye....


"He passed away" would be a kinder and gentler way of speaking of your dad's passing.   But my post was not intended as serious.....in any form.  

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

THEBuckeye, we need to keep our "behind" talk private remember?

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Always smart to call the author of the blogs names and then to get called out.  I know THEBuckeye was a smart kid!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Chip,


What's up with the edit from the original post? 


#revisionisthistory

TampGator1
TampGator1

And....Chip.....nice to have such good friends to help keep you safe.  You had a red jeep and Freeman had a Chipper to help him out.  Stay warm.....and a toast to your dad on his 76th.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

Back in the 80's, there was a snow jam far worse than this one in Atlanta.  I was trapped just off  I-285 and had to leave my car by the side of the road and walk in the snow (many inches of it fell very quickly) about 15 miles to get home (in just a suit and wearing dress shoes).  My feet were frozen when I finally arrived home.  Never been that cold again.  Took days to dig out.  Don't remember the exact year, but it was a horrible day spent in snow and ice as well.  Much more snow, however.


Today, I am freezing in 50 degree and rain weather in Florida.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Buckeye....


If you live in your dad's basement, you do not have to drive in the snow to get to his birthday.  Stay warm in it.





Dawg350
Dawg350

The buckeye probably got stuck in the snow walking to his mailbox! Lmao!

DawginLex
DawginLex

Buckeye called out by Chip!!!


Thank you Chip!!


Glad you made it safe

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

It took my wife 21 hours to get home.  No water, no food & her gas was running low.  She was stuck on I -285 Westbound by the Chattahoochee River.


Her car couldn't make it up our driveway, so I helped walk the hill and was chastised for tracking in snow on our hard wood floors.  Its great to have her back home safe and sound.


What a trooper!!!  

WDE
WDE

Glad you made it Chip some of my guys are still on 285..this was just unreal.

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Thankfully, THEBuckeye and I are the two smartest people on Earth and we have the best college football team in history!  So glad we get to play on blogs all day together!

DBT Jacket
DBT Jacket

Hope your father is  doing well,...from friends in Jasper.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

"Count me among the idiots."


-CT


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Will do


THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@BreastMan God has nothing to do with who become dogs. Nice name - kinda wired for a blog handle.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@HotDawg its true hot dog.  i helped alot of people and made sure i had on my uga stuff you never know if you may be helping a recrut.  i did see one man crying and no suprise he had on a bama shirt.  it was sickening but it seemed appropriate.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dewnsav "dogs" "dogs" Feeling ok?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Tampa, i've heard a few of the same stories, and unless the bars remained open till morning (to shelter people), how were they to drive home?

The snowjam was bad enough without dealing with drunk drivers also.

Did not sound like a very smart idea, if people stopped to drink.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@TampGator1 Well now you know. Given the sparring on these blogs and the barbs thrown my way (most of which I have no issue with) , I am not a fan of bringing family into the mix - especially in a derogatory way. 

WDE
WDE

@TampGator1  That was in 82 if memory serves I was a bartender back then got stuck at the bar for two days...glad I had company ! 

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

All in fun, Chip, all in fun. Sometimes you just make it too easy. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

But not as weird as you though. Hey is your last name Jenkins ?

DawginLex
DawginLex

@THEBuckeye@TampGator1


You get what you deserve


If you didn't respond in a smartalec way to everything posted, then maybe everyone wouldn't hate you so much


Are you really that stupid that you can't figure that out?


You ruin these blogs singlehandedly day after day. I don't hardly post here anymore because of you. You make me sick.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

You deserve whatever is coming too you! Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Good to know that you can laugh at yourself. Question here though...were you laughing when Clemson beat Ohio??? Lmao!

ES54
ES54

@THEBuckeye How do you find something negative to say with a story like this? There are bigger things than football and you seem like a miserable person. I hope whatever makes you so miserable will resolve and allow you in the future to make more pleasant comments. Chip, glad you made it home safe and sound. Cheers

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

That guy lives to be the biggest tu rd in the punchbowl. Even his dog doesn't like him.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@ES54 Being a Browneyes fan, and getting passed around by the entire SEC like an altar boy at Penn State would make anyone miserable, I guess.