New York man hailed as hero after breaking into school to shelter people from blizzard

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
New York man hailed as hero after breaking into school to shelter people from blizzard
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A man in New York is being hailed a hero after breaking into a school to shelter nearly a dozen people from the massive blizzard.

BUFFALO, New York (WLS) -- A man in New York is being hailed a hero after breaking into a school to shelter nearly a dozen people from the massive blizzard.

Surveillance video shows Jay Withey walking strangers to the school.

Withey said he ended up stranded in his truck on his way to help a friend who was trapped in the storm.

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He picked up two strangers along the way to help keep them warm.

His truck eventually ran out of gas, and that's when he found a nearby school and broke in.

Withey then went back out into the blizzard and found several older people who needed help.

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Once inside, they found food and even mats to sleep on.