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Good Samaritan takes branches into his own hands

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Good Samaritan Ezekiel Mitchell gets a big thank you from Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Haines and many motorists. WRCBtv.com photo Good Samaritan Ezekiel Mitchell gets a big thank you from Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Haines and many motorists. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A downed tree made the morning commute tough for some motorists in East Brainerd.

Crews were tied up working other storm damage calls when reports of a tree blocking Ooltewah Ringgold Road came in around 5:30 am.

Multiple days of rain made the ground so saturated that when the most recent round of storms blew in early Monday morning, it completely uprooted the large tree.

Holding a chainsaw in his hands and clinching a mini flashlight with his teeth, Ezekiel Mitchell carefully chops up the massive tree blocking Ooltewah Ringgold Road. Mitchell was on his way to McKee Foods where he works as a line mechanic when he saw the road was blocked. He also runs a stump removal and tree cutting service in his spare time and knew with his experience, he could help.

“Because people need to get to work. It's a long way around. A long way around,” Mitchell added.

As Mitchell worked, traffic continued to build. Sam Hemrick was on his way to school.

“I'm going to have to go back to my house. There's another way, but I'm going to have to go all the way back to my house,” Hemrick added.

The tree directly affected those going to and from Windstone subdivision like Andrew Patterson who had just gotten off work and was going to visit his dad.

“Well, there were all these cars in front of us and then we saw blue lights, we thought it was a wreck,” Patterson added.

After two hours of chopping, dragging and clearing there's enough room for cars to get through and Mitchell's work is done.

He says the deed reflects a philosophy he tried to mirror every day.

“McKee's philosophy is if there's a better way, find it,” he said.

But not before a handshake from Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Haines thanking him for taking the initiative and making his community a better place.

TDOT crews tell Channel 3 while Mitchell's work was definitely helpful, it could be dangerous to someone who doesn't have the experience in this type of work. If you come upon downed trees, flooding or downed power lines, they advise you to report it.
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