For some in the path of Hurricane Irma, a generator is a backup plan for a power outage, but for Pam Brekke's family, having a generator could be the difference between life an death.
Brekke's father has congestive heart failure so as Hurricane Irma approached, she began desperately searching for a generator to power his oxygen supply if the power goes out. So when she heard a Lowe's Home Improvement received a shipment of about 200 generators on Thursday, Brekke drove 30 miles to Orlando to get one, according ABC affiliate WFTV.
She anxiously waited in line, but the last generator went to the person in front of her.
Brekke broke down into tears when she realized the store had sold out. But to her surprise, customer Ramon Santiago approached her and asked what was wrong.
“I told him, ‘I’m just scared this storm’s coming and my father’s on oxygen. I’m just scared,’” Brekke explained to The Washington Post. “And I said, ‘That’s all right, God will provide.’ And then I turned to walk away."
That's when Santiago offered his generator to her saying, "You need it more than I do."
A news crew captured the moment the two strangers embraced.
The store manager told WFTV that another generator became available later that day and she immediately thought of Santiago's act of kindness.
On Friday, he returned to the store and received a generator free of charge.
“I wanted to make sure he received it because he definitely deserved it,” manager Melissa Rodriguez told WFTV. “He’s the hero of the day.”