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Hero couple brave 'snowpocalypse' to rescue stranded motorists

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It didn't take long for TJ Reilly and his wife Susan to spring into action and start rescuing people stranded miles away from their Marietta home.

"I give all the credit to my wife," TJ Reilly said. "She said the Jeep can do it lets go out and see what it can do."

What started as a mission to drive people to local shelters or grocery stores turned into something much more. The Reilly's began driving people to their homes, and if they couldn't make it all the way to their homes, because roads were blocked, they'd drive them as close as possible. Then Susan Reilly said she saw all of the "walkers" and decided they would rescue as many people as possible.

"They were walking for miles in sweatshirts, and thin T-shirts, high heels, people wrapped themselves in towels they found in their trunks," Susan Reilly said. 

After driving for nearly five hours the Reilly's called the quits around 1 a.m. Wed. morning when they realized no one was out walking around in the frigid temperatures.

The Reilly's even let three total strangers sleep in their home. TJ Reilly said some guests had a cup of hot tea, others took swigs of Bourbon TJ Reilly provided.

"It was a great bonding experience for all of us, a lot of people cried, and we almost did too," TJ Reilly said.

The Reilly's said they always try to teach their four children to help others, during this winter event they realized how important that really is.

"What we had learned from this is that sometimes, the smallest act of kindest means a lot to somebody and never underestimate what you can do," Susan Reilly said.

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