Several hours before the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff victory Jan. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts, offensive lineman Jeff Allen was stranded in the snow and needed help.
That’s when a good Samaritan driving by stopped and offered to lend a hand.
“I was driving down (U.S.) 40 highway and saw a couple cars stuck,” Dave Cochran said. “I pulled one car out before that, then I saw another car stuck and I told my old lady, ‘We have to help him.'”
Cochran, who is homeless and lives in his truck with his girlfriend and small dog, had no idea who was in the car, but he knew driving on snow-packed streets was a challenge for whoever was in the vehicle.
“It said Texas plates,” Cochran said. “He wasn’t used to this weather. He isn’t used to this coldness. He is from Texas.”
With thousands of fans flocking to Arrowhead Stadium, Allen was going to need help to get there before kickoff.
“[I] just pulled over,” Cochran said. “I went to help him, then he told me he was a Chiefs player. I didn’t know he was a Chiefs player. I looked at him as a normal person and hoped he would do the same for me like I did for him.”
Cochran may have hit a rough patch (“That is my home; my home is my truck,” he said), but it hasn’t made him bitter, as he proved Saturday with the small act of kindness.
After the game, Allen took to social media, hoping to track down Cochran and give him a small token of appreciation.
“My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player,” he tweeted. “I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban. Pls RT #ChiefsKingdom”
My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player. I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban. Pls RT #ChiefsKingdom
— Jeffstradamus (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
It didn’t take long for Allen’s plea to get answered.
Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol, I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKindgom. Thanks for your kindness https://t.co/e4OkEg6AAw
— Jefe (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
Cochran is overwhelmed by the attention but said he didn’t help for any other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do.
“That’s a natural habit for me is to help people,” he said. “I don’t expect anything in return. All I was expecting was a thank you.”
Of course, Cochran, who said he’s never been to a Chiefs game in his life, said he was excited for the chance to go to the AFC Championship game on Jan. 13 against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Cochran said. “I saw the message this morning, and I am not going to fake with you, call me soft if you want to homeboys, I started bawling to know he is a man of his word and he reached out to contact me.”
If you would like to help Cochran, please contact 41 Action News reporter Steven Dial at [email protected] as he is in contact with his family. Thousands have donated money to the good Samaritan after KSHB brought his story to light.
Written by Steven Dial for KSHB.