Stranded Travelers Find Way Back to Safety
A Nevada couple didn’t know what to expect when their van broke down in rural northern Campbell County on a dark, empty county road 30 minutes outside of Gillette recently. Sadly, a dead cell phone battery meant they had no way to call for help, either.
Rather than waiting for someone to come by, the couple set off into the cold night in search of help, stumbling into the open foyer of Little Powder Elementary School, where an antiquated call box provided them with a lifeline back to safety.
Using the phone, the couple was able to reach the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) around 2:37 a.m. Tuesday. Shortly thereafter, a CCSO deputy arrived to assist the pair, who were relieved to be rescued after hours in the cold.
Once arrangements were made to tow their vehicle, the deputy dropped them off at a hotel in Gillette.
The majority of emergency call boxes have gone the way of the dodo bird. Campbell County is fortunate that the Little Powder Elementary School has kept theirs in the foyer, which they keep open for just these types of emergencies.