While from the news headlines it might seem like only bad things are happening in our communities, it’s nice to reaffirm that, even though the world can be rough, there are good people everywhere.
And for one senior that was a very good thing.
Last week, an elderly man took a nasty fall and could not get up. His injuries were severe and he needed help quickly—but no one was around.
Homer Armitage took a nasty fall when taking out the garbage and could not get up.
Last week, Augusta, Georgia, resident Homer Armitage left his wife, Jonaquine, quilting in their living room to take out the garbage.
However, something happened and Homer ended up taking a nasty fall.
“I don’t know what I hit, but I hit the garbage can, ” Homer told WCAX3. “I could feel blood coming out, but I couldn’t get up, and I laid there for I don’t know how long.”
Jonaquine had no idea that her husband was injured, and without help, Homer might have ended up in serious trouble.
Grey Henry had just dropped off his last student when he noticed the injured senior.
Enter bus driver, Greg Henry. Henry had just dropped off his last student when he noticed Homer lying on the ground.
“I noticed he had lacerations on his face, and he was bleeding badly,” Henry told WCAX3. “When I looked at the ground, he had like a puddle [of blood] there.”
Henry tried to stem the bleeding, then noticed that Homer had a medical bracelet on his wrist and it was fitted with an alarm system.
So, he pressed the button which then sent an alert to emergency services. Emergency operators then rang the terminal in Jonaquine’s sewing room, which gave Jonaquine quite a shock.
“She said, ‘do you need help?’” Jonaquine told WCAX3. “And I said, ‘I don’t know yet. You’ll have to give me a chance to look.’”
Jonaquine looked outside—the first thing she saw was Henry’s school bus.
When she looked out the window, the first thing she saw was Henry’s school bus. But it did not take long to notice her husband on the floor next to Henry, who was giving the senior aid.
Jonaquine told the operator that there was an emergency, and an ambulance was dispatched to the home. Meanwhile, Henry remained with Homer the entire time giving the senior much needed support.
In the end, Homer spent two nights in the hospital and received stitches for his lacerations, but is now recovering at home. However, without Henry’s support things could have been much worse.
“Just thankful for this gentleman to come by and be so kind as to treat first aid for me, or I probably would have– I don’t know what would have happened,” Homer told WCAX3.
Such an act of kindness required thanks—and Jonaquine had just the thing.
In thanks for Henry’s good deed, Jonaquine knew exactly what to do. She had been keeping a special quilt that she could not decide what to do with.
“My brother-in-law wanted it, and I wouldn’t give it to him,” Jonaquine told WCAX3. “A couple other people wanted it, and I wouldn’t give it to them. I don’t know why I kept holding on it.”
The design read “a good American.” And for Jonaquine, she knew exactly who that was.
“This was the moment, I think, I was waiting for,” Jonaquine told WCAX3. “He’s my good American.”
Jonaquine had WCAX3 news crews deliver the heartwarming gift.
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So, in thanks for rescuing her husband, she asked the WCAX3 news crew to deliver this special quilt to Henry. But not before making a special addition to it—an inscription memorializing Henry’s good deed.
“Thanks to Greg Henry for being a caring person who stepped in to help my husband Homer who had fallen in the yard,” Henry read out during an interview with WCAX3. “He stayed with him until the ambulance came.”
For Henry, the quilt and the sentiment were touching reminders of his encounter.
“Aw, that’s sweet,” Henry told WCAX3.
In gratitude for their heartwarming gift, Henry had reportedly said he was making arrangements to visit the couple to thank them in-person.