What started out to be an unlucky Friday the 13th for Larry Clionsky really wasn't that bad after all.
The Grantville, Pa., resident made an unexpected stop in October outside Norwalk. When Clionsky reached exit 118 of the Ohio Turnpike on his way to a poultry show in Frankenmuth, Mich., it looked like the beginning of an unlucky day.
His transmission let loose, forcing him to pull over.
Clionsky's fortune changed for the better. He called the state Highway Patrol, which summoned Charlie's Towing to the scene. Employees at the car dealership, where Clionsky and his car were taken, said the necessary parts wouldn't be ready for a week. No sweat. The tow truck driver suggested Fisher Transmission, where Clionsky was told it was early enough in the afternoon to get the problem diagnosed and order the parts.
While Fisher Transmission employees were working on Clionsky's truck, he needed a rental vehicle for himself and the roughly 20 chickens he was hauling. Several rental places told Clionsky they didn't have such a vehicle, but Norwalk Auto Sales did.
Clionsky went on his way to Michigan, returned to Norwalk about 2 p.m. Sunday and picked up his repaired truck.
Clionsky lauded everybody in Norwalk, who came to his aid in a desperate time of need.
"It was unbelievable," he said. "I really appreciate all the help."
To top it all off, Clionsky made it to Frankenmuth in time for his poultry show.