Soldiers Come To Rescue Of Stranded FW Woman & Toddler (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive


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January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The 1-293rd Infantry came to the rescue of of a Fort Wayne woman and her 2-year-old son Monday morning.

It was at the intersection of Essex Lane and Coldwater Road where Angela Jomo and her 2-year old son's morning got a little interesting.

Although state authorities have demanded people stay off the roads in a state of emergency Monday, Angela had to go to work.

"Because I work in the healthcare field, I work at Summit City Nursing and Rehab, and we're dedicated here to make sure our residents are taken care of," said Angela, who is a Memory Care Facilitator.

But on her way there, her car got stuck in the snow with her son, Elijah, in the back seat.

"We were stuck for about three to five minutes when they pulled up behind us."

"They" being the Army National Guard in their two giant humvees, who happened to be patrolling the roads.

"I was just amazed, like wow! And I said Elijah, 'the Army guys are here to help,' and he looked back and said WOW!" she said.

Angela says the soldiers got out with shovels in hand, and in about 10 minutes she was back on the road. "They escorted my son and I to drop him off to his grandma's house, and then they followed me to work to make sure I made it safely," she said.

And that's something Angela says she and little Elijah will never forget. "It could've been a very dangerous situation had they not shown up," she explained. "It was just a really safe and secure feeling to know that there's somebody out there on the streets ready to help."

21Alive tried contacting the National Guard to interview them about their heroics, but they were busy helping those stuck in the frigid weather.

Angela had this to say to the soldiers who helped her: "The 1-293rd Infantry came to our rescue. I cannot express how much I appreciate your team helping my son and I. With temperatures being -12, had you not come to our rescue, we could have been in a very dangerous situation."

Although the National Guard was seen patrolling the roads Monday, authorities still say if you don't have to be out on the roads--don't be!

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