Snow, it’s one of our car’s most formidable enemies. These two have been at war ever since the internal combustion engine’s inception, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a star athlete driving to a Championship game or an out-of-luck man being forced to take shelter inside the only thing he’s got left, his car.
Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen drove himself to one the AFC Championship games when disaster struck; his BMW got lodged in the snow, and he was unable to continue without assistance. Thankfully for Allen, a passerby stopped to give him a hand.
My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player. I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban. Pls RT #ChiefsKingdom
— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
Allen explained the encounter in a Tweet he released just before midnight post:
My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player. I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban. Pls RT #ChiefsKingdom.
In the comments, Allen explains that he was unable to save Dave’s phone number because “someone called me and I answered. After I finished the call the number was gone so now I can’t contact him.”
A few dozen people coincidentally named “Dave” came out of the woodworks until, finally, the real Dave surfaced.
🙋🏼♂️ I’m Dave
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) January 13, 2019
In Allen’s update Tweet, he explains: “Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol, I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKindgom. Thanks for your kindness.”
The real Dave’s full name is David Cochran, a Kansas City native who is currently homeless and living in the truck with which he used to pull Allen out of the snow. Cochran had been helping free stuck cars along Highway 40 when he came upon Allen. Cochran wasn’t aware he was assisting an NFL player until Allen revealed he was on his way to the stadium.
Look all I try to do is survive and live life one day at a time and I love to go all out to try to help ppl
— David cochran (@Davidco59434183) January 13, 2019
This the Dave who helped @Chiefs player @JeffAllen71 when his car was stuck in the snow before the game. Dave is also homeless and lives in his car. The story tonight and how Jeff is giving him an AFC championship game experience he will never forget. @41actionnews #letsroll pic.twitter.com/Hb120B4FS7
— Steven Dial (@StevenDialTV) January 13, 2019
However, had Cochran known who Allen was beforehand, the outcome wouldn’t have been any different. “That’s a natural habit for me is to help people [sic], and I don’t expect nothin’ [sic] in return,” Cochran said in an interview with KSHB 41 Action News.
And what a fantastic natural habit to have. A man willing to risk his entire home to save total strangers, and he doesn’t even expect a “thank you in return.” Keep on being awesome, Dave!
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