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16 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2017 THESHOPMAG.COM interview the lieutenant governor posted to Facebook. Patrick had a chance-meeting with the 3P Offroad owners on Aug. 28 at a grocery store in Cypress before he posted the video. "We were helping people on Sunday (Aug. 27) by taking them in our 5-ton truck and dropping them off at a grocery store. That's when we met the lieutenant governor," Josh Herzing said. "He says our shop is located in a disaster relief area and published our telephone numbers and contact informa- tion. Five hours later, we returned to the shop and there's 100 people outside. We just kind of ran with it from there." Patrick and his bodyguard even hitched a ride with the 3P Offroad guys to tour the devastation. "He was with us for several hours. He even jumped out and helped people with us. He's a great guy," Herzing said. NEW PERSPECTIVE Through all the hear t-wrenching moments while saving flood victims, Her- zing said his faith in humanity has been restored. "I'm just 30 years old, but I recently had kind of lost my faith in humanity," he admitted. "But these last few days have been a huge eye-opener. It's easy to get emotional about it. These people down here are losing everything, but then are trying to give everything back to help others. We're saving kids, we're saving people with cancer, people in wheelchairs, people with disabilities, and then dogs, cats, birds, snakes—anything." There was even a rescue of a woman who went into labor when the flooding started. The lifechanging event has shown Her- zing how anyone can make a difference. "Last week we were just rednecks who liked building trucks and side-by-sides," he said, "and today we're just trying to help as many people as we can, with law enforcement by our side. Two weeks ago, they were yelling at us for riding the side- by-sides down the road or having too dark of window tint. And now they're helping us; we're helping them." Visit to read 3P Offroad's entire story and see the shop's photos from the front lines. AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET RALLIES FOR HOUSTON The Automotive Aftermarket Chari- table Foundation (AACF) is coming to the aid of aftermarket families affected by Hurricane Harvey. "Although AACF doesn't claim to be a disaster relief service, we will do our best to identify and assist those industry families that have imme- diate and unmet needs in keeping with our mission to support after- market families facing catastrophic circumstances," said Joel Ayres, executive director. The organization is asking for tax- deductible donations to help provide urgently needed funding. Donations can be made online at www.aacfi. org/donate-today; by mail at PO Box 865420, Orlando, FL, 32886; or by calling 772-286-5500. The star of the show was a 5-ton military vehicle capable of driving through water nearly 5 feet deep. The shop bought the truck from a military auction two years ago for $8,000. "We didn't know what we'd do with it. We didn't think we'd even win the bid," recalls Josh Herzing. But it ended up being a lifesaver for many people in the areas in and around Cypress, Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange, Texas, as well as in Lake Charles, Louisiana—which is 200 miles from 3P Offroad. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, shown with Travis Herz- ing, became an immediate fan of 3P Offroad during the emergency, even accompa- nying the crew on rescue efforts. "Volunteers who have seen our social media stuff, and seen reports about us on the local news, they've just kept showing up." Herzing estimates 3P Offroad's force of volunteers had already rescued more than 400 people by the afternoon of Aug. 30. It was difficult to pinpoint exactly when 3P Offroad became central to Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. What's certain is Texas' lieutenant gov- ernor is now a big fan of the shop. "You're what makes Texas great," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Travis Herzing in a video-

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