WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Gen. Colin Powell took to social media to thank a man who helped him after his tire blew out on the Beltway on Wednesday.
Powell said he was on the Beltway driving to Walter Reed Military Hospital for an exam when his left front tire blew out.
As Powell was working to change the tire, he said a vehicle pulled up in front of his and a man with an artificial leg got out to help him.
Powell said he chatted with the man and learned he'd lost his leg in Afghanistan while working there as a civilian employee.
The two finished changing the tires and hurriedly rushed off to their appointments at Walter Reed but not before grabbing a selfie together.
Powell said he didn't get the man's name, but received the following message from him later that evening:
"Gen. Powell, I hope I never forget today because I'll never forget reading your books. You were always an inspiration, a leader and statesman. After 33 years in the military you were the giant whose shoulders we stood upon to carry the torch to light the way and now it is tomorrow's generation that must do the same. Anthony Maggert."
Powell wrote on Facebook, "Thanks, Anthony. You touched my soul and reminded me about what this country is all about and why it is so great. Let's stop screaming at each other. Let's just take care of each other. You made my day."