Weather Heroes: Staff At Assisted Living Facility Refuse To Leave Clients

By Lesley Tanner, CBS Atlanta Reporter SMYRNA, Ga. — Staff at the Woodland Ridge Assisted Living Facility couldn’t get back and forth to work during the storm, so they decided to stay the night. Cook Jesse Harden had to walk two hours to get to work Monday morning, during the height of the storm. “It wasn’t easy,” said Harden. “I’m used to walking. I only live an hour and a half away walking.” Harden walked the hour and a half at 3:30 a.m., all because he was afraid the residents would be forced to go without a hot meal. “They would have had cold cereal only and maybe toast,” said Harden. Harden and many of his fellow employees stayed overnight. Oriana Holley had to leave her two children at home with her adult daughter for days. “They know what mommy is doing,” said Holley. “The older folks here, they need me too.” Residents like Bill Miller. “These people went beyond the norm for us,” said Miller. “They did what they felt they needed to do and we certainly needed them.” Crews worked to clear the facility’s driveway Thursday afternoon and staff members were expected to go home Thursday night.

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