A Tennessee woman, whose car was in the repair shop, was driving her daughter’s car to work in Gatlinburg on Sunday morning when she realized the Buick was nearly out of gas. Talk about bad luck.
So Belinda Drew pulled the car over to get some gas on Highway 66. She took the keys out of the ignition and exited the car to fill up. That’s when she realized the gas tank was on the opposite side that she’s used to.
She got back in the car and put the key in the ignition and turned it — but nothing happened.
“I said, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh.’ It was just dead,” she told Knox News.
Running low on options, Drew saw two men standing by a black Chevy Suburban and asked them if they had jumper cables. The two men were happy to oblige and connected the jumper cables and hit the juice.
“The car started right up,” Drew told the local paper.
A short time later, she realized who the good Samaritans were: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Knox News explains how Drew realized what had just happened:
“Drew and the man exchanged pleasantries, the two shook hands and the man handed her what Drew said felt like a silver dollar. Once she was in her car she looked over the medallion and realized who had helped her out. Zinke’s name is on one side of the coin, the department’s logo on the other. Later that night, when talking to her son, it began to sink in. Her son told her the man was in line to become president.”
As fate would have it, Zinke and Alexander were in the area to promote The National Park Restoration Act.