Ford CEO Personally Thanks Snow Truck Rescue Volunteer
Good Samaritan Receives Box of Ford Swag for Efforts
Earlier this month, Rochester, New York, welder Chris Johnson became somewhat of an Internet celebrity when video of his 2003 Ford Super Duty diesel pulling 18-wheelers out of a ditch went viral. As expected, the story brought truck enthusiasts of all brand persuasions out of the woodworks, with some claiming the feat was nothing spectacular. However, Johnson feels differently. When asked how he and his truck were able to pull the 18-wheeler out of the ditch, he simply replied, “It’s a Ford.” It wasn’t long before Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields became aware of the video and Johnson’s efforts. The day that the epic snowstorm that blanketed the Rochester area, Johnson estimates he helped pull between 30 and 40 vehicles out of the snow.
Johnson then received a personal call from Fields thanking him for his good deed and giving positive publicity to the Ford brand. As a gesture of gratitude, Fields sent Johnson a box of Ford-branded merchandise, including hats, T-shirts, and gloves, for his efforts. Ever the practical type, Johnson said he plans on paying off his home mortgage first. However, when asked by the TV reporter if when he gets around to buying a new truck, if it’ll be a Ford, he said, “Probably.”
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Source: TWC News Rochester