Rockton man offers soup to people in broken down vehicles during extreme cold

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ROCKTON (WREX) — A Rockton man decided to give some of his leftover food to stranded drivers this week.

Jerry Bowgren, of Rockton, said he and his wife made chicken noodle soup on Wednesday night, but had a lot leftover. Bowgren, a former truck driver, said he knew there was going to some truck drivers whose vehicles weren’t working due to the cold temperatures on Thursday.

Bowgren got onto I-90 at Rockton Rd. and headed to Wisconsin, but along the way, he made a few stops. Bowgren says he ended up giving out 7 cups of chicken noodle soup to truck drivers and other people’s whose car broke down.

He says the first person he came across was a vehicle that run out of gas and a woman was bundled up inside. Bowgren says the woman’s husband went to go get gas for the vehicle. Bowgren says he ended up giving her 3 cups total for her and her husband.

Jerry Bowgren takes a photo with a woman whose vehicle ran out of gas.

Bowgren says he was headed to Janesville to do some shopping, but once he saw how many vehicles were on the side of the road, he decided to keep going. He says he made it up to Lake Koshkonog in Wisconsin before turning around.

Bowgren said him, his father and his brothers were all truck drivers and have experienced being on the side of the road with no help. He says knowing someone is there for you can make a big help.

Jerry Bowgren with a truck driver he gave a cup of soup to on Thursday.

Bowgren said he talked to some of the truck drivers whose vehicles broke down, one was from Minnesota and the other was from Tennessee. Bowgren said both drivers said the same thing when talking about the weather, “it’s cold.”

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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