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Spreading a heroic story nationally

Posted by Axia Public Relations

SMART Financial

Josh Railey was leaving a restaurant when he saw a car on fire and, without hesitation, ran to the car and rescued the baby. This campaign helped spread his story to media outlets to millions of people and show SMART Financial’s influence on the community. His story appeared on more than 100 CNN affiliates and 58,000 social media interactions, and earned him recognition as an American Red Cross 2021 Red Cross Hero.



The challenge

Josh, a SMART Financial employee, was celebrating his birthday dinner with his girlfriend, and upon leaving the restaurant, he saw a car on fire. He went to help and saw a woman screaming that her baby was trapped in the car. Josh rescued the baby before the car was fully engulfed in flames. His heroic story needed to be heard, so SMART Financial launched this campaign.


The solution

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This campaign began by pitching the story to media outlets across the country. During the pitching process, a CNN-affiliated media outlet picked up the local story and shared it with CNN-affiliated news channels across the U.S. The story quickly gained traction, and many people learned of Josh’s heroic actions.


The results

Because of this campaign, millions across the country heard Josh’s incredible story. The story:

  • Grew into a national tale of heroism
  • Reached more than 100 CNN affiliates nationwide and earned 58,000 interactions on social media
  • Resulted in the American Red Cross recognizing Josh as one of its 2021 Red Cross Heroes
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