By: Liz Tufts
We've heard plenty of stories about anger and frustration over poor snow removal, but in a Fall River neighborhood it's all praise.
These days, when 18–year–old Bryan Rodgers isn't in school, you'll most likely see a shovel in his hands. "Ever since I was young I liked shoveling, " says Bryan Rodgers.
And that couldn't be more true during the blizzard of 2013. The day after the blizzard hit, Bryan lost power inside his Fall River home. So he ventured outside. The first stop— his neighbors home on Buffinton Street. "It was a tremendous amount of work, " says CJ Ferry.
Way too much for CJ Ferry to handle on his own. He has a bad leg, so Bryan stepped in. "He was waking up the street and he didn't ask for money as of matter of fact he made the comment you don't have to pay me which stunned me because normally that's all that kids want, " says Ferry.
Bryan and CJ set off on a mission. After they cleared away Ferry's property. Bryan Rodgers kept walking and shoveling. As the hours ticked on, the temperatures dropped. But Bryan never slowed down. He cleared away an entire block of snow from the sidewalk, including outside the homes of several elderly neighbors who couldn't do it on their own.
A random act of kindness from one teen, hat ended up bringing a neighborhood together one shovel at a time. "It made me feel really good it's not about the money just about someone saying you did a good job it makes you feel good inside, " says Rodgers.