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member story . Sharon Posius and her husband, Jeff Burtch, were zooming northbound through Michigan three years ago when their car's baery light came on. Smoke billowed from the trunk, where the baery of their 2009 Chrysler 300 was located. The Barrie, Ont., residents were heading home following a two-week road trip to visit family in Alabama. But just aer 3 p.m. on that cold and windy November day, their car limped into a gas station parking lot in the tiny town of Capac. Posius and Burtch quickly called CAA — who coordinated with their AAA counterparts. "The dispatcher who answered the phone was very nice and sympathetic," Posius recalls. "She listened to our story and promised us a tow truck would be there very soon. She then told us about a couple of nearby CAA/AAA - approved garages." The tow truck arrived at 4:30 p.m., and shortly aerwards, the stranded couple and their car were taken to Capac Auto Repair, owned by husband-and-wife team Lou and Dawn Robertson. "Our water pump had given up the ghost," Posius says. "Lou called up a nearby parts supplier who just happened to have the right size water pump in stock. What were the chances?" The new pump arrived shortly aer 6 p.m. — fortunately, the garage was open until 7 p.m. — and Posius and Burtch were back on the road an hour later. It was a good thing, too, because the closest hotel was 13 kilometres away. "We would have been stranded in our car on a very cold and dark night," Posius says. "But Lou and Dawn had us on our way by closing time." Remarkably, the travellers had joined CAA just a few months before their road trip. "It still amazes us how it all worked out," Posius says. THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS A car breakdown in Michigan resulted in a call to CAA, a tow, a vehicle repair and the continuation of a journey for these Members—all in just a few hours by LISA GORDON illustration by STEVE SCOTT M E M B E R SHARON POSIUS F RO M BARRIE, ONT. M E M B E R S I N C E 2018 60 | CAA MAGAZINE Have a great CAA story to tell? Send it to us at, and you could be featured in an upcoming issue.

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