A long-haul truck driver knew that giving away his load of plywood as Hurricane Irma approached would cost him his job, but did it anyway.
Tim McCrory was hired to transport 960 pieces of plywood to a Home Depot in Zephyrhills, Fla., on Sept. 8. when he blew a tire on his truck. Unfortunately, this delay caused him to be late and get stuck in the path of Hurricane Irma.
It took seven hours to get the tire fixed, and by the time he arrived at Home Depot, it was past 9 p.m. The store was already closed and boarded up as a precaution for the storm. The night manager was just leaving and he told McCrory the store didn’t plan on opening until the storm passes.
When the driver delivered the news to the company’s dispatcher, he says he was told to take his load to Atlanta. However before he began the trip, he decided to get some sleep. The next thing he knew, a police officer woke him up at about 2 a.m. telling him that with the evacuations, the trip to Atlanta was not a good idea.
The officer also explained that there were a lot of people in town looking for plywood.
And the big-hearted truck driver didn’t even hesitate to offer it, even though he knew the big businesses were not going to care about that. Tim McCrory was aware his actions would get him in big trouble but was willing to do the right thing.
“I was ready to give it up, 100 percent,” McCrory said of his lumber. “I got kids of my own. I’m a family man. If I was in their situation, I’d want somebody to do that for me.”
So, McCrory along with around 20 police officers started unloading the sheets of plywood by hand. And in the morning, they announced to residents that it was there for those who needed it.
“They said, ‘If you need plywood to board up your house, come and get it. It’s a small town and everybody knows everybody. They got the word out. There was just a line of cars. The storm was coming, and it was coming fast,” McCrory said.
The plywood was handed out to residents for nearly four hours, protecting about 150 houses.
The community couldn’t have expressed more gratitude to the heroic driver. As such, Tracy Dillon Drew, a local resident, wrote: “I cannot explain the sense of community I felt with those of us who were lucky enough to not just receive plywood, but [to] also receive a much more important gift… compassion.”
However, upon informing his supervisors about what he did, McCrory was told they were going to have to let him go.
Nevertheless, Drew didn’t forget this good Samaritan. After learning he lost his job, she started a GoFundMe page to raise money and help him and his family. Initially, her goal was to raise $2,000, but she ended up raising more than $7,600 and has shut down the campaign.
Even though McCrory didn’t think what he did was special, and was just trying to be a good American, what he did was beyond generous. It’s nice to know that people like him still exist.