Susanne Kohler (middle)

Family wants to thank Penticton couple for good deed

A Port Coquitlam family has newfound belief there are good people in the world thanks to a Penticton couple.

A Port Coquitlam family has newfound belief there are good people in the world thanks to a Penticton couple.

The only problem is, they didn’t get their last names to thank them properly.

“We really want to thank these people. They helped us out when we were in a bad situation,” said Susanne Kohler who, along with her family were stranded on the side of the road near Ainsworth when their car broke down on Sept. 22.

On their first family getaway together, the Kohler’s brand new car started acting up and then stopped working. Kohler said they barely had phone reception, but managed to get a call in to a tow truck. The family of five were told the truck could only fit two people. Along with her two daughters, Kohler started hitchhiking hoping someone would pick them up. Meanwhile the vehicle, her husband and son were headed to the nearest dealership where their car would be under warranty, in Castlegar.

“A car ended up pulling over and this couple, Irene and Roger, who said they were from Penticton, picked us up,” said Kohler. “We are so thankful. It was bear country and to me it was very scary. These people went way out of their way and ended up driving us 100 kilometres, all the way to Castlegar, when they were only headed to Nelson. We offered to pay for gas and they said no. They even came into the dealership to ensure we were safe.”

Home for almost two weeks now, the car has been fixed and Kohler and her husband will be taking another road trip to go pick it up this weekend.

“People just don’t do this kind of thing where we live. I feel bad not getting more information about the couple. All I know is they have a daughter in Kelowna and talked about their grandchildren,” said Kohler. “I want to send a thank you letter, or something.”

The good deed the Penticton couple did will forever remain on their minds.

“Next time we see someone stranded we will definitely pay it forward. They didn’t have do that. They even could have dropped us off in Nelson, but they didn’t. They kept going and stayed with us right until we were where we needed to be. It would be so nice if I could thank them,” said Kohler.



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