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Emergency housing trailer back on the road

Posted on: December 6th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides | 1 Comment

Out of Gas: December 6, 2011: submitted by Boardman Rest Area Supervisor Joleen Odens

The photo to the left shows Jim Pettyjohn, OTE’s back-up Boardman rest area supervisor. On Jim’s third day on the job, he was approached by a motorist at around 8 a.m. looking for the nearest gas station. The driver had been driving from Portland on his way to North Dakota hauling a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) trailer. The driver was worried he would not make it to the next gas station and was willing to buy the gas. Jim explained OTE’s policy for providing a small amount of gas, free of charge, so that stranded motorists can make it to the next available gas station. The FEMA driver thanked Jim and was back on the road within minutes.

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- Comment left on: December 6th, 2011 at 10:56 am

What would we do without the staff at the rest areas? We would be stranded to call a relative or a tow truck that costs lots of money. It is an amazing thing to have actual people at the rest areas making it safe to stop and providing gas at no charge.

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