Woman thanks Rochester firefighters who fixed her flat

Shawnasia Williamson returned to the Allen Street fire house in Rochester to thank firefighters who fixed her flat tire.

Rochester, N.Y. -- Typically, you don't go to a firehouse to get a flat tire fixed, but one Rochester woman ran into road trouble in the right place.

It wasn't how Shawnasia Williamson wanted to start her birthday, last week.

"Literally, as I got to the light my car just started bouncing and it was a flat,” said Williamson.

Williamson pulled into the Allen Street firehouse.

"I was stressed out. I started crying. I didn't know what I was going to do,” she said.

That's when firefighters came to her aid. First, they tried inflating her flat tire.

"Unfortunately, as soon as we put in air, the air left as quickly as we put it in,” said Lt. Desmond Price Jr., with the Rochester Fire Department.

"They tried to fill the tire up first and the whole car went back down. Then they got all the tools together and got it up on the bottle jack and started fixing the tire,” said Williamson.

Williamson, who was on her way to pick up her sister for work, was taken aback by their generosity. She shared the moment on Snapchat.

"I'm just standing there, like, thank ya'll, just walking around recording it. You never see that happen,” said Williamson.

"We figured out with the tools we had on hand that we could change her tire and make sure she got on her way,” said Lt. Price.

Thursday, Williamson returned to the fire house to say thank you to the first responders who took a little extra time to help fix her flat tire.

"They didn't even ask for anything, that really made my day. It made my whole year, honestly, and it was my birthday so it was even more special for me,” said Williamson.

"We just want to help people. It always makes us happy to know we are helping out people in the community,” said Lt. Price.

Thanks to those firefighters, Williamson and her sister both made it work on time that day.

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