Aaron Tucker was hoping to land a job after serving nearly two years in coustdy. But when he spotted an overturned vehicle on his way to the interview, he decided employment would just have to wait. “Someone needed my help, and that’s what I did. I helped them,” the 32-year-old father told WABC.
“If it happened again, I’m going to continue to do it, because it’s the right thing.”
Tucker woke up early for the interview last week, and was traveling by bus through Westport when he saw the crash, CBS News reports. He said the bus driver refused to help, and told Tucker “if you get out I’m going to leave.” So, Tucker jumped off the bus and rescued the driver from the smo-king car, according to CBS — even wrapping his dress shirt around the wounded man’s head to stop ble-ed-ing.
His heroic act caused him to miss the interview at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Tucker was seeking a return to the working world after serving a nearly two-year county for a armer charge. He had been staying in a halfway house since June, ABC News reports. A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the man and his 21-month-old son. Westport resident Karen Dale, who set up the fundraising page, praised the man and detailed the love Tucker has for his son.
“No matter what happened in the past, he’s a good guy and he needs a break,” Dale told ABC News. “He loves his boy. When he talks about him, he really genuinely beams through the phone.” As for Tucker, the man said he doesn’t mind being called a hero, but holds that he was simply doing what he believed to be the right thing.
“I feel that they’re better people than me, taking the time out to help me and my son,” he told WABC. “I appreciate that.” Tucker isn’t the only man being hailed a hero. Over the weekend, a Spokane, Washington, man on work release following a 17-year sentence for man-sla-ter reportedly rescued a baby and the child’s parents from a car wreck, KHQ reports.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Harry Myat Htun – Great job! Deeds of heroism.Misses his job interview but there’s bigger fish to fry for a good hearted person.
Christine Campbell – Great to hear that there are rewards for the people who do the right thing.
Kathy Chalmers – Great job Tucker. I hope you get a great job, one that you enjoy. Thank you for getting your priorities in order to save the man’s life. A hero!
Doris Elston – He is a wonderful example of: “If we want our world to be a better place, we have to be better people.”
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