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'Rust Valley Restorers' star stops to help mom with baby change flat tire in Salmon Arm

"Rust Valley Restorers" star Avery Shoaf is seen fixing a a stranger's tire in Salmon Arm.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Emma Iris Grant
September 23, 2021 - 1:00 PM

A Salmon Arm woman received a surprising photo on her phone yesterday sent by her daughter.

It was a picture of Rust Valley Restorers star Avery Shoaf down in the dirt, fixing her daughters flat tire. Shoaf appears on the television series with his buddy Mike Hall, known as the Rasta Blasta.

Melanie Grant is a big fan of the television series filmed in nearby Tappen.

“I could not believe it,” Grant said. “It was super exciting, everybody loves these guys. Within ten minutes of posting the photo on social media 300 people saw it.”

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Grant said her daughter was driving through the industrial park in Salmon Arm when her tire blew out and she was stranded with her baby, not knowing how to fix the tire, when Shoaf showed up and got them back on the road.

She said her daughter is a 20-year-old college student balancing school and motherhood on a low income. The car she drives to school and back is an old Buick Century that has been handed down through the family a few times. Grant helps with childcare but is limited by fibromyalgia.

“My daughter is very busy and paying for gas and daycare,” Grant said. “To think of her stuck on the side of the road with a baby and not a lot of money and suddenly Avery Shoaf shows up. It really meant a lot to us.”

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“I call them Earth angels, the people that stop to help in the community and keep our babies safe.”

You can watch Rust Valley Restorers on the History Channel in Canada and Motor Trend in the U.S. Two seasons are also available on Netflix.

Avery couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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