Man Who Survived Being Trapped Thanks to Taco Bell Hot Sauce Given Free Food for a Year

Man Who Survived Being Trapped Thanks to Taco Bell Hot Sauce Given Free Food for a Year
Taco Bell's iconic sauce packets. Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell

Taco Bell certainly rewards loyalty! Jeremy Taylor, the man who made headlines earlier this month after getting trapped in his car (with his dog) for several days and eating hot sauce packets from the chain in order to survive, can now have all the TB condiments (and meals) his heart desires.

“We’re very glad Jeremy and Ally are OK,” Taco Bell told The Oregonian in a statement recently. “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.”

Taylor’s ordeal began when the avid off-roader’s car got stuck in deep snow on a U.S. Forest Service road in central Oregon on February 24. After spending one night in the vehicle with his dog, Ally, the outdoorsman attempted to get help on foot, but additional snowfall made that task impossible.

By February 28 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office had released a missing person report for Taylor, and he wasn’t found until March 1, when a snowmobiler spotted him and his pooch. Upon his rescue, local law enforcement boasted that Taylor stayed alive by periodically starting his car’s engine to keep warm and by eating a trio of hot sauce packets he happened to have on hand from the California-based chain.

“Thank you everyone, I’m safe my Ally dog is safe. I really appreciate all the help,” he wrote on his Facebook page hours after being rescued. “Got lucky, lets never do that again. I’ll be in touch with everyone soon.”

In response to a friend’s Facebook comment about how Taco Bell helped him through the ordeal, Taylor joked: “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives!”

Later, in a subsequent interview with KATU 2 Oregon, Taylor explained of the life-saving food: “I was obviously hungry. I didn’t feel like I was like starving, but it was … I mean when you have nothing, it’s nice. You know, even hot sauce is gonna be something.”

And even though hot sauce is intended to top tacos and the like, Taylor added that he was grateful for the condiment’s chewable bits. “There’s onions or jalapeños or something in there. There’s something that you can chew on for a quick second,” he explained. “Whether or not it’s any nutritional value or not, at least in your mind it’s something.” At least now he’ll never have a hot sauce shortage!

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