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MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) -

A Department of Corrections officer from Morganton braved the snow and ice on Thursday morning to get to work... in a lawnmower.

Officer Thomas McCall notified Foothills Correctional Institution, a prison in Morganton, that he was coming in to work Thursday morning, but would be late. 

When he got there, nearly two hours later, the gatehouse staff notified prison managers that Officer McCall had arrived for work on a lawn mower. 

"Knowing the weather conditions and the importance of adequate staff to provide appropriate custody and security of the prison, Officer McCall realized that the only way to get to work was to ride his mower from Valdese to Morganton," said NC Department of Public Safety Communications Director Pamela Walker.

The journey took McCall about two hours through inclement weather, snow packed roads and a stop to re-fill the mower with fuel.

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