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CHEVY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE HELPS BOY FIND WALLET

 TROY, Mich., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The helpful folks at Chevrolet's Roadside Assistance center last week helped reunite a 10-year-old Alabama boy and his wallet.
 The lad -- Justin Holt of Florence, Ala. -- had lost the wallet in a store parking lot where it was discovered by a Tracy Duncan, also of Florence.
 The only identification in the wallet -- which contained money saved for "a real NBA basketball" -- was the Chevrolet Roadside Assistance card belonging to the boy's parents, who own a 1992 S-10 Pickup.
 When Mrs. Duncan called the "1-800" Roadside number of the card, the Chevrolet Roadside adviser, Lori Pair, was able to locate the owner by matching the vehicle identification number on the card with the Chevrolet owner name and address file. Pair called Justin's house for permission to give the telephone number to Mrs. Duncan -- and the happy ending was under way.
 "Our Chevrolet training teaches us to put ourselves in the other person's shoes," Pair said. "It was neat to be able to help that little boy find his wallet."
 Why was the Roadside card in the boy's wallet? Chevy officials say its anybody's guess, but a father of six boys offers an easy explanation: "Kids don't have any stuff to put in their wallet -- no driver's license, no credit cards, no voter's registration, no nothing," he said. "So any official-looking kind of card looks great in your wallet when you're a kid."
 The Chevrolet Roadside program is beginning its third year of operation. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it's available to any of the 33 million owners of Chevrolet or Geo cars or trucks. The 40 advisers take some 700 calls a day, with more than 24,000 coming in March alone.
 The Roadside advisers can use their computers to tap an impressive array of phone numbers throughout the country for towing services, locksmiths, glass and tire repair services, as well as police and fire, ambulance and hospital service -- and of course Chevrolet dealers.
 Using another sophisticated database, the Roadside advisers can help tell a caller where he or she is. The database matches telephone area codes with the latitude and longitude of the earth to determine positions.
 -0- 4/23/93
 /CONTACT: Dave Hudgens of Chevrolet, 313-492-8846/
 (GM)


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