Stranded (Salvation Army) Lieutenant preparing meals for hotel guests

January 29, 2014 - 5:29 PM EST
Christopher Priest
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By CASSANDRA MICKENS / Associate Editor Shelby County Reporter Newspaper (Used with permission)

Lt. Jamie Leonard (Shelby County, AL) will cook meals for stranded motorists at a Birmingham hotel tonight after Tuesday’s winter storm swept through the metro area, paralyzing traffic and leaving motorists stranded.

Leonard was stuck on Interstate 65 South until 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, and made it to a hotel at about 2:30 a.m. The hotel had one room available upon Leonard’s arrival.

“She is going to have to stay tonight [Wednesday], as well, because the roads are still full of ice and abandoned cars, said Leonard’s husband, Lt. Brian Leonard who is recovering from recent surgery. “So tonight, she is cooking and serving a free meal to all of the hotel folks that have been stranded because of the weather. The hotel has given her permission and the use of their kitchen and equipment to do this.”