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Buffalo, New York’s Sha’Kyra Aughtry saves North Park Theater employee Joe White’s life

Sha’Kyra Aughtry, 35, and her boyfriend Trent Alls Jr., 32, have three sons together. They live in the LaSalle neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, United States.

On the morning of December 24, 2022, Aughtry awoke to the sounds of a stranger screaming for help. The stranger is Joe White, 64, who lives in a group home on Parkridge Avenue in Buffalo.


When Aughtry looked out the window, she saw White being blown around by the wind and the snow. Alls went outside and carried White into their house.

Aughtry used a blow dryer to melt the ice off the hands of White, who was covered in snow. She used clippers to snap off a ring on his badly swollen finger, which was turning black from apparent gangrene.


A Wegmans shopping bag was frozen to White’s arms so Aughtry had to use scissors to cut the straps of the bag from his arm. He could not tell her his address but was able to tell her the number of his younger sister Yvonne White.

Both Aughtry and Yvonne repeatedly called 911 and other emergency phone numbers. However, first responders were not able to get to Aughtry’ house as the storm buried Buffalo in thick snow.


On December 25, 2022, Aughtry went on Facebook Live to ask for help. Around an hour later, a group of men in a pickup truck arrived and carried White into their vehicle.

The men took Joe, who was accompanied by Aughtry, to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo and carried him into the emergency room before driving her home. Joe is currently recovering in the intensive care unit with fourth-degree frostbite.

Since 1980, Joe has been working at the North Park Theatre in Buffalo, making him the the longest serving employee of the movie theater. He is developmentally disabled and he has the mental capacity of an 11-year-old child.

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