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Good Samaritans help 82-year-old Elvis fan after her car broke down

Wilma Wooten (Source: WMC Action News 5) Wilma Wooten (Source: WMC Action News 5)

An 82-year-old Elvis fan received my love and support from good samaritans on her annual visit to Memphis for Elvis week.

82-year-old Wilma Wooten and her daughter Melanie have been coming to Memphis from North Carolina for a long time.

"I've been coming every year since Elvis died since 1978," Wilma Wooten said. 

She's part of 35,000 Elvis fans who come every year during Elvis week to remember the king on the anniversary of his death.

This year on her annual trek from North Carolina, Wooten's car broke down at the corner of Third Street and Mitchell Road.

"Help! How quickly can I get some help," Wooten said.

Wilma and her daughter managed to get the car into a gas station, and within a few minutes they had at least a dozen good samaritans helping them. The good samaritans even stayed with them until police arrived.

"It seemed like everybody that didn't even need gas pulled into the gas station," Melanie, Wilma's daughter, said.

Before officers arrived, Alvin Jones, a 30 year truck driver and native Memphian, is one of the good samaritans who stopped to help Wooten and her daughter.

"I think it shines a light on the spirit again of the individuals that live in this city," Alvin Jones said, "human beings are basically good, so I returned the favor because somebody helped me."

After officer's arrived, Wilma got a ride back to the hotel, got her car fixed and got back to the reason she was here -- to remember the King of Rock n Roll and remember the people who helped, including those wearing the uniform.

"Those are the most magnificent officers I have ever come in contact with. They could not do enough for us," Wooten said.

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