Siblings Victor, Andrew and Jacqueline Oren, all of Holmdel, were simply looking to get cell phone service the day after Hurricane Sandy struck the area.
However, when the trio happened upon a vehicle stuck in two feet of mud at the intersection of American Way and Crawfords Corner-Everett Road, they knew they had to act.
"With everything going on, who knows how long they would have been waiting for help," Jacqueline Oren, 22, said.
A tree fell across Crawfords Corner-Everett Road during the storm, taking down a traffic light and make the roadway impassable. Several vehicles drove under the perilously-leaning metal post and tree, while one Matawan woman and her daughter attempted to drive on the grass past the curb. The woman's car became stuck in the thick mud.
Upon driving by and seeing the vehicle, the Oren siblings hopped out of their own car to offer their assistance. The Oren brothers helped push the vehicle out of the mud, over the curb and back onto the road.
Victor Oren, 27, teased his brother, 26-year-old Andrew, after the roadside assist.
"He plays rugby. He can't resist getting low and pushing," he said.