09 April 2019

HERO AWARD FOR JEEP WRANGLER DRIVER WHO TOWED 40-TONNE TRUCK IN BLIZZARD

The strength, reliability and incredible 4x4 capability of  the Jeep Wrangler has been demonstrated once again after an owner recently used his car to tow a stranded 40-tonne truck from a snowdrift.

The articulated lorry had been stuck at the side of the road in heavy snow and was blocking an ambulance with a patient on board. But owner Mark Blessed, of St Austell, Cornwall, tethered his 20-year-old Wrangler to the stricken truck and helped haul it to safety.

It was one of several vehicles that Mark selflessly helped out of trouble during a night of heavy snowstorms in Cornwall earlier this year. And those neighbourly and brave actions earned Mark a flurry of nominations for radio station Pirate FM's Local Heroes Awards.

Mark received his accolade at a glittering ceremony last Friday (5 April) at Tregenna Castle in St. Ives. As well as the Local Heroes award, Mark was also recognised by Jeep UK who sent a new spare wheel cover for his Wrangler and other Jeep gifts.

"Somehow my little Jeep managed to tow a 40 tonne lorry and let him go on his way," said Mark. "So many people were standing and cheering - it just goes to show how one little thing that you do affects so many different people along the way. I just did a good deed, not to be recognised."

"We were inundated with nominations for hundreds of very deserving people in Cornwall, but Mark really stood out as the epitome of a good neighbour," said event organiser Holly Day, from Pirate FM.

And Andrew Tracey, Marketing Manager, Jeep UK, added: "When we heard about Mark's generous actions, and the fact that he was able to help clear the road of a 40-tonne truck using his Wrangler, we were absolutely delighted. Mark fully deserves this recognition and we were happy to send him some gifts with our good wishes."

The new Jeep Wrangler, which is just as happy on city streets as it is off the beaten path, brings together Jeep's legendary off-road prowess, with superior on-road comfort, authentic style and state-of-the-art technology. UK pricing starts at £44,920 (OTR) for the Sahara 2.2 MultiJet II (diesel) 200hp 4x4 Automatic 8-Speed 2-Door, or Sahara 2.0 GME (petrol) 272hp 4x4 Automatic 8-Speed 2-Door.

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Notes to Editors

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More information:

Tom Johnston, Press Relations Manager
Kate Saxton, Public Relations Director

FIAT Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd
Tel: 01753 511431
Fax: 01753 516871

E-mail addresses: tom.johnston@fcagroup.com / kate.saxton@fcagroup.com

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