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Reporter Notebook: Deploying guardsman stranded in flood finds help at the right time


A member of the Army National Guard was running out of luck, and gas, when he was nearly stranded in the floods around Columbia trying to get to his deployment.

Twenty-year-old Steven was headed to Florence for deployment when he ended up in rural Columbia, low on gas. Literally on fumes.

He pulled up next to WBTV's Kristen Hampton, who was doing a live shot in Columbia, reporting on the flood.

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"I was packing up to move and this guy pulled up and asked if I knew where to get gas," Hampton recalls. "There aren't a lot of stations open around here. He was on fumes."

The pair went to a nearby fire station where crews were able to give the guardsman two gallons to try and help.

Steven said he's never been deployed before and admitted he's a little nervous.

"I don't know what I'll be doing yet," he said. "They just told me to get to Florence but I'm running out of gas trying to get there."

The gas from the firefighters barely moved the needle, so Hampton offered to follow him until he could find a gas station. 

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The pair drove about five miles up the road and found an old country gas station.

The woman at the gas station looked out the window and saw Steven in his uniform. With tears in her eyes, she said "Keep your card, I got it."

So many people are good. Don't ever forget that.

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