NY couple grateful for Hardeeville ‘angels’ following crash
About three weeks ago, my wife and I were returning from a stay in South Florida. We were travelling north on Interstate 95 and came off exit 5 in Hardeeville.
As we were exiting, we were struck in the rear by a very large tractor-trailer truck.
When we got out of the car, we saw that the entire rear, from the bumper to the backseat, was completely pushed in. Thankfully, we were not injured.
The police made their reports and a tow truck was called to get our car off the road.
Our insurance company was called, given the details, and they arranged for a rental car to get us back to New York, but the rental car office was already closed.
Here we were, in a relatively small town in South Carolina, after 6 p.m., not knowing anyone, and not knowing what to do next.
Then God sent us angels.
A tow truck from R&K Services arrived, and the owner, Richard Arzillo, and his 18-year-old son Alex loaded our car, and us, onto his flatbed truck, and took us to his garage.
Richard said, “Don’t worry, my wife is on her way back and she’ll get you to a car rental place.”
Kelly, his wife, arrived soon after, with their grandchild Arianna sleeping in the backseat, and said that since the car rental companies were closed, she would take us to the Savannah Airport, about 17 miles away. Richard and Alex stayed with the open car.
After about 20 minutes we arrived at the airport. Kelly insisted that she would wait to guide us back to our car.
The process at the airport took about an hour and a half because we needed a car that we could drop off in New York.
When we arrived back in Hardeeville, Richard, Kelly and their son Alex and daughter Lila helped us unload our car. The items in the back seat had to be removed through the windows – because both doors were locked from the impact – and then transferred to the rental car.
Parts of the inside of the trunk had to be separated with a jack to allow the clothes to be removed. They loaded everything in our rental car.
It was after 10 p.m. when we were ready to move on. We offered them money for their assistance “beyond the call of duty.” They refused to take it.
When my wife Janice asked why they volunteered to give perfect strangers this extra help, Kelly said that when she was younger her father said that, “if someone comes to your door who needs help, you must help them, as one of these people might be Jesus.”
Quite obviously, I’m not Jesus, but clearly this admonition from her father taught this couple the “Golden Rule.”
These people, to us, were truly angels as shown by their deeds, and our gratitude must be made public.
Their children and grandchildren will grow up with the knowledge of being part of a family that understands “that doing for others as you would want them to do for you” is the right and only way to go.
On the back of the business card from R&K Services is a quote from Ecclesiastes 9:10 that says, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.”
There’s no question that the Arzillo family gets this quote right.
We want the people of Hardeeville to know what wonderful people live in their midst. There are no words to express the gratitude we feel toward them.
Larry and Janice Levine