Whatever our personal views on politics, economics, or race, a common connection, our humanity, binds everyone on the planet. So, often, when the going gets tough for one of us, we are quick to set aside our differences and jump to the rescue.
Recently, this common humanity pushed a group of diverse strangers to avert what could have been an incredible tragedy.
After a two-car collision, an SUV and its elderly driver tumbled 25 feet into a freezing creek.
On December 30, in Florence, Alabama, a tragedy was in the making. Two drivers had collided with one another and one of the vehicles, an SUV driven by an elderly man, tumbled some 25 feet into the freezing-cold Cox Creek.
The SUV, now upside down, was stuck in nearly two feet of water, its elderly driver unconscious and hanging by his seatbelt.
As you might expect, the collision drew a great deal of attention and almost immediately a group of people began hurriedly trying to organize a rescue effort.
A group of diverse strangers immediately appeared—they were going to save this man’s life.
Tony Roberts, a security manager for Walmart, was at home when his wife, Sadie, told him about the collision.
“She came running in and said, ‘Call the police. There’s been an accident,'” Roberts said according to AL.com.
He called the police, but driven by his need to help, Tony and Sadie rushed to the scene. They were not alone.
Indeed, another rescuer was 27-year-old LaDrake Roy, a former college football player for the University of Northern Alabama. He was driving home from the gym when he saw the commotion on the side of the road. After he stopped in a nearby parking lot, he heard the cries for help.
The group entered the freezing-cold creek and saved the elderly man’s life.
Without hesitation, he got out and walked down to the creek.
“At first, I was a little iffy about getting in the water,” Roy said according to AL.com. “But I did it. It’s just how I was raised, to always help others.”
Within minutes, there were at least five people down by the creek, in the water, looking to push the SUV right-side up, including an older man, Roy, and Tony and Sadie Roberts; they made for a diverse group of rescuers but at that moment, their differences did not matter.
Using all their strength to right the vehicle, they did so in no time at all. Luckily, they had been in time; the elderly driver was alive. He was taken to a local hospital, along with the other driver, by helicopter. They are both currently recovering from their injuries.
“The only thing that matters was helping this man and making sure he was OK.”
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After the rescue was successful, though, Roberts marveled at how this tragedy ended up bringing so many diverse people together.
“All kinds of people there just helping out another person,” Roberts said according to AL.com. “The only thing that mattered was helping this man and making sure he was OK.”
The experience, though it began as a tragedy, ended up renewing Roberts faith in people.
“Today, there’s a lot of sadness and things that make you think people are not good,” Roberts said according to AL.com. “This was just the opposite of that and it was heartwarming.”