Man who rescued dozens in Buffalo blizzard gifted Super Bowl tickets

BUFFALO, N.Y. — An area man who grew to become referred to as “Merry Christmas, Jay” after he rescued 24 folks in the course of the lethal snowstorm in Buffalo final month was stunned with Super Bowl tickets by a Payments legend on Friday.

Thurman Thomas and his spouse, Patti, presented Jay Withey with two tickets to next month’s Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, on behalf of the Payments and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Defend.

On Christmas Eve, Withey broke a window of a faculty whereas searching for shelter from the blizzard after spending an evening sleeping in his truck with two strangers to remain alive. As soon as inside, he went again out into the storm seeking others who wanted assist, together with seven aged individuals who had been stranded of their automobiles, and introduced them to security inside the varsity.

He earned the moniker “Merry Christmas, Jay,” after he left a notice for the varsity explaining why he broke in.

“To whom it may concern,” Withey wrote within the letter, “I’m terribly sorry about breaking the school window and for breaking in the kitchen. Got stuck at 8 p.m. Friday and slept in my truck with two strangers just trying not to die. There were seven elderly people also stuck and out of fuel. I had to do it to save everyone and get them shelter and food and a bathroom. Merry Christmas.”

He signed the notice “Jay.”

The Cheektowaga Police Division later shared the letter on social media, together with pictures of Withey, writing that they wish to discover him to thank him for saving people’s lives.

After receiving the tickets, Withey stated he cannot imagine the quantity of people that have reached out to him, together with thanks letters from Australia.