From Decatur Daily.
Deffenbaugh arrived at the gas station at the intersection of 14th Street Southwest and Central Parkway around 10:30 a.m. Friday expecting a long wait.
The Decatur man spent almost two hours in line, but many others had longer waits to start their Easter weekend. Traffic was backed up at the intersection at 10 a.m. as motorists tried to snake their way to the Chevron station to get free gas offered by a local church.
“I think if more churches would do things like this, it would really help some people out,” said Deffenbaugh, who said he was laid off from an Athens company.
The City of Champions Church gave away $20 in fuel to the first 100 cars, beginning at noon. The giveaway was in conjunction with the church’s one-year anniversary.
Several Decatur police officers directed traffic as motorists waited, with traffic backed up to Fifth Avenue and Sandlin Road.
“If they couldn’t get into the lot, they were heading south on Central Parkway and circling back around to Sandlin Road, so it was a constant circle,” Decatur police Lt. Roger Huntzinger said.
Anthony Lovejoy, the church’s lead pastor, was one of the ones pumping gas.
“We’ve had a little traffic, but other than that, everything has run smoothly,” said his wife, Kesha Lovejoy.
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