had just finished doing a major amount of work on my own car in the parking
lot of an automotive store in Watertown, NY. Heading north on I-81, I saw
a motorist who was having difficulty changing a blown out tire to their
spare. I pulled over, offered my assistance, pointing out that my clothes
were already soiled with car grease and dirt, and I'd be happy to do the
change for them. When they accepted, I took over the tire changing operation,
using my 2 3/4 tonne hydraulic floor jack that I just happened to have in
the trunk that day.
on heading north on I-81 from Watertown NY, I noticed someone standing next
to a vehicle in the southbound lanes. The car interior was completely opaque
and smoke was rolling out from the cracks between the doors and the windows.
The poor gent's car interior was on fire.
stopped my car, opened my trunk, grabbed my fire extinguisher, and ran to
the man's aid. By the time I got across the interstate on foot, two other
men had also pulled over and also had fire xtinguishers. The New York State
Police vehicle arrived 3 minutes later to find the fire completely extinguished,
and the situation under control.