Country star Blake Shelton rescues stranded driver in flood

Posted at 8:16 AM, Jun 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-19 13:49:37-04

ARDMORE, Okla. — Tropical storm Bill has left many Oklahomans stranded but one man is home safe, thanks to an Oklahoma icon.

It was on country roads near Ardmore, Oklahoma, that Blake Shelton met Roho Hartman.

Roho says he was headed home when he reached a river that was once a road.

“There was a car on the other side; he went through it,” Hartman said. “I thought, 'Huh…I believe I’d make it, too.'”

Sadly, he didn’t make it.

Soon he and another passerby were pushing his stalled truck up a hill, waist deep in water, until a Dodge pulled up with a handy tow rope and a familiar face.

“The guy said, ‘Are you ready?' I thought, 'That looks like Blake Shelton.'”

Soon the truck was safe up the hill but Roho was still far from home.

“I said, 'Hey, could you give me a ride home?' He said, ‘Where do you live?’ I said, 'Just right over yonder.'”

With that, the unlikely duo was off and that’s when Roho answered a call from his wife.

“I said, you wouldn't believe it, Blake Shelton pulled me out,” Hartman said. “Told her, ‘You better slick up, we’ll be there in just a minute.'”

After 15 minutes of shooting the breeze, they pulled up to the Hartman residence.

The family snapped a few photos and Blake was on his way.

Roho now hopes someday he can return the favor.

“Get him on that Facebook deal, however that is, I don’t know nothing about it,” Hartman said. “It was great. He’s a good fella. I think I like him.”

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