Savanna Janicki: Good Samaritan

Just before Easter in 2013 (March 31), Brittney Berger left Duluth, Minnesota, and began driving to Baraboo, Wisconsin. Ms. Berger, who is first-year student at The College of St. Scholastica, hoped to avoid a winter storm. Unfortunately, she ran into bad weather and icy precipitation in Jackson County, Wisconsin, just before reaching the city of Black River Falls. She said, “All of a sudden, my driver’s side windshield wiper just falls off, and I just start hyperventilating. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t see at all.” She turned on her flashing emergency lights and took exit 115, and then she pulled into the I-94 BP station just before closing time. Ms. Berger did not have her purse, which contained her money and credit cards, so she called her mother, Jean, on her cell phone, hoping to be able to use her mother’s credit card to buy a windshield wiper. Unfortunately, the BP station could not accept a credit card whose information came over the phone. Fortunately, BP clerk Savanna Janicki is a Good Samaritan. She paid for the windshield wiper blade with her own money, and she called her boyfriend to come to the gas station and install the blade. Ms. Janicki, who graduated from high school in 2009, said, “She was crying, so I felt bad right away. She looked terrified with [trying to figure out] what she was going to do. She was pretty much stuck in the middle [between her starting point and her destination] with no money and no windshield wiper, so I told her I’d buy her one. I just would want someone to do that for me if I was stuck in that situation.” Jean Berger said, “I just couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘How lucky is she that she came across the wonderful girl?’ She [Ms. Janicki] could go home [because it’s closing time], but she went above and beyond. I just thought, ‘What an angel.’ We hear a lot of negative stuff constantly, and it’s nice to hear a good story and that people are still good.” Brittney Berger said, “That was the nicest thing anybody could have done. I was in tears thanking her and thanking her. I appreciate it more than anything.”

For Further Information: Cassandra Colson, “Local Good Samaritan lends hand to distressed motorist.” Jackson County Chronicle (Black River Falls, Wisconsin). 15 May 2013

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