Rapid City good Samaritan finds himself in need
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City man who made headlines last year by loaning his vehicle to a New York family whose motorhome had broken down in South Dakota now finds himself in need.
David Tolley, 47, and his 15- and 19-year-old daughters are staying at a hotel after losing nearly everything in a house fire, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Tolley was having trouble with a sewer line leak and ground shifting at his home weeks before the fire. He was driving home last Thursday when he got to a nearby stop sign and saw a plume of smoke.
"I just thought, with my luck, it's my house," Tolley said.
Tolley, a forklift driver for a manufacturing company, touched people across the country last year when he helped out an upstate New York family that he did not know. After coming across the couple and five children stranded with two flat tires on Interstate 90, he loaned them his vehicle so they could drive to a motel or campground 40 miles away. He called his fiancee to come get him. The family returned the vehicle the next day.
Now, while Tolley waits for answers from an insurance company, his landlord and fire investigators, people who know him are doing what they can to help.
His former employer, Brent Bednarz, who works in auto sales, has started a donation account at Med5 Federal Credit Union under the name David Tolley Good Samaritan.
"I just hate to see something like this happen to someone with such a big heart," Bednarz said. "Wouldn't it be great if more people acted like he did that day?"