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By Tim Nelson
March 04, 2019
Willis Lam, CC BY-SA 2.0

Taco Bell has been known to provide sustenance to plenty of starving people in their greatest hours of need. Countless Crunchwrap Supremes and other favorites have helped to soak up alcohol late at night or placate a hungry belly while traveling into unfamiliar territory. But only one weary traveler can probably claim that Taco Bell literally saved his life. 

Last week, Jeremy Taylor and his trusty dog Ally were off-roading in his Toyota 4Runner near Wake Butte, Oregon. Unfortunately, the duo found themselves stuck in deep snow on a Forest Service road that had become impassable. Taylor decided to wait it out in his car overnight, but additional snowfall made the route back to civilization to deep to even manage on foot. 

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After a missing person’s report was filed, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office narrowed down the search area by tracing Taylor’s location back to a gas station in Sunnriver, Oregon. After what surely must have been a harrowing five days, a snowmobiler found Taylor’s car, and alerted the authorities who quickly picked him up.

So how did Jeremy and Ally survive that long stuck in the car in the deep snow? He intermittently started his car to stay warm, and survived on little more than three packets of Taco Bell Fire sauce that he’d left in the car. Given that Taco Bell’s own nutrition info claims that there are zero calories in a packet of Fire sauce, it would seem that Taylor was simply surviving on the memory of past Taco Bell meals. 

Though it sounds like an extreme tale of taco sauce survival, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office backs up the story. "Jeremy and Ally were found to be in good condition, but hungry after being stuck in the snow for five days," they said in a statement, noting that Taylor “used a few taco sauce packets he had as food.”

Taylor himself took to Facebook to reassure everyone that all was well. “Thank you everyone, I'm safe my Ally dog is safe. I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky, [let’s] never do that again,” adding in a comment that “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives.” 

So, the next time someone implores you to throw out all of the extra condiment packets strewn about your car, tell them the tale of Jeremy Taylor. That sauce might just be what keeps you alive. 

Update: In a statement, Taco Bell announced they're giving Taylor a year's supply of food, The Oregonian reported: 

“We’re very glad Jeremy and Ally are okay. We know our sauce packets are amazing, but this takes it to a whole new level. We’re in touch with Jeremy and have sent him a well-deserved care package, a year’s supply of Taco Bell, and of course, all the sauce packets that come with it.”

 

 

 

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