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Man Trapped in Car by Snow for 5 Days Says Hot Sauce Saved His Life


Oregon resident Jeremy Taylor, 36, is described as an outdoorsman, often taking his vehicle on off-roading adventures with his dog, Ally.

On Feb. 24, Taylor and Ally hopped into his vehicle for an afternoon of winter off-roading fun.

Taylor chose a densely wooded area west of Sunriver, Oregon, a popular destination in the Deschutes National Forest.

Taylor traveled up a forest service road after fueling his vehicle, where his SUV got stuck in the snow.

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Without a cell phone to call for help, he and Ally spent the night in the vehicle, but woke up to even more snow the next morning.

On Feb. 27, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office asked the public for information on Taylor that could lead to his location.

Taylor was eventually found alive on March 1, five days after he and Ally left, when a snowmobiler spotted his vehicle stuck in the snow.

A search and rescue team member then rode a large snowcat into the woods to rescue them, Sgt. William Bailey told WKRN-TV.

Taylor was reunited with family and friends, describing his ordeal to sheriff’s officials.

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“Jeremy had attempted to walk out on Monday, but the deep snow made it very difficult and he and Ally returned to his vehicle,” Deschutes Country Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “Jeremy stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and used a few taco sauce packets he had as food.”

Taylor later posted his heartfelt thanks on Facebook, writing, “Thank you, everyone. I’m safe; my Ally dog is safe.”

“I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky – let’s never do that again.”

He later commented on the hot sauce packets, writing, “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives.”

After a long five days, friends and family are thankful that Taylor and his faithful pup are home safe and sound.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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