A Birmingham man rode home in a helicopter after his son picked him up Wednesday morning by chopper from the church where he spent the night.
Dave Upton's son David owns CraneWorks and had been using the helicopter to help other stranded people during the night, including a pregnant woman.
Upton took shelter from the cold and icy roads at 6th Avenue Church in Birmingham, along with about 100 other people who stayed there overnight.
Upton's son landed at the church parking lot around 10 a.m., scooped up his dad and flew him home.
"First time I've every been stranded, and then he came and
picked me up," Upton said.
Upton praised the 6th Avenue church members for their warm welcome to him and many other strangers who would have otherwise been stuck in the cold.
"People are unbelievable at this church, I can't say enough
good things about them," he said.
The other people still at the church were fed breakfast this morning.
The church is one of many places across the state open as a warming
station for people stranded in the icy weather.
To see a full list of warming stations and shelters, click here.
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