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Christmas Eve during the blizzard of 2022 won’t be remembered just for snow. It’s the day a woman saved a stranger’s life.

BUFFALO, NY — Sha’Kyra Aughtry was sitting on her couch at her Thatcher Avenue home when she heard someone outside yelling for help.

A man she didn’t know was literally freezing.

“TThe winds swept him away. I saw his body and then I didn’t see his body. He tripped and fell,” she said.

Aughtry didn’t recognize the man and hesitated to open her door, but she saw that he needed help.

“I told my friend Trent, hey, there’s a guy outside we need to bring in,” but she said he wasn’t on board right away.

He went outside and struggled to get him inside because the man almost froze to death: “There were ice balls on his hands. He was frozen, his pants were frozen, his shoes were frozen.”

She managed to cut a frozen pouch from his hands and remove a ring from his finger when she noticed he was losing circulation.

Aughtry called an out-of-state family member who is a registered nurse for help on how to deal with frostbite and poor circulation due to the cold.

She asked the man his name and he gave her his sister’s number. When she called, she learned that the man, Joe White, known as Joey, was from a community in the area. He tried to go to work Nordpark Theater.

Joey ended up staying with the family for two days. She tried to get help through 911 and the National Guard to take him to a hospital in the blizzard.

Frustrated with no response, she took to social media to ask for help to get him to a hospital. Good Samaritans responded, including former football player Doug Worthington.

Two other men arrived in a truck after seeing the call for help and took Joey to the ECMC. He stays in the hospital.

“He said to me in the car and it touched me that he said I’m scared. I said I’m scared too and he said if I’m going to die. I said we don’t talk about dying.” Comforting with her by his side, she then told Joey, “She looked at me and said I love you, and I said I love you too, Joey.”

Her life-saving efforts did not go unnoticed. Her name is now inscribed with her boyfriend’s name on a marquee at the North Park Theater on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo.

A worker started there a gofundme to show their appreciation.

“I appreciate it and my family appreciates it. I was just passing it on like we all should,” Aughtry said in an interview with Two On Your Side’s Claudine Ewing.

The mother of three owns Heartfelt Cleaning LLC and works for Global Industrial Services Inc. as a janitor.

On Christmas morning, Joey wanted pancakes and she made them for him and they watched soccer.

“He will always be a part of my family, regardless of our skin color,” she said, “we have to work together.”

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Laura Coffey

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