The Lost Art of Heroism

It’s been awhile.  We took a vacation up to the Northern California Coast for a few days and then to Disneyland for another day.  On our way to Disneyland on Monday I came across a truck stopped in the middle of the street.  When I looked closer I could see that the truck was all smashed up.  The driver was out of the truck looking under the hood.  We stopped to see if we could help.  He told me that the accident had happened the day before and he was just trying to drive the truck to his dad’s shop.  I’m not sure how he got the truck there in the first place because it didn’t really look like it was drivable at all.  It looked really messed up.  The whole front end was smashed in almost to the windshield and the airbag had gone off.  Both sides of the truck were dented and scratched and both mirrors were sheered off.  Looked like it had been a pretty bad accident.  The driver had to be pretty lucky to walk away.  We were trying to get a tow truck to get him off the street but the fire department showed up before we could find the number to AAA.  I stayed to make sure I couldn’t be of any further assistance but one of the firemen came up to me and said I could leave.  He asked why I was there and I told him that I had stopped to make sure the guy was OK and see if I could help.  He told me that they would take care of him but that it wasn’t very often that someone would actually stop.  I guess it’s easier to just call it in from the cell phone.  Made me think of my friend “The Amazing Hip”.  Check out his story.  I think we could all do a better job of being a hero or maybe just the guy who actually stops rather than just phones in to the authorities.  I know I can do a better job of it.  Too often I’m the guy that just drives by and am in too big of a rush to make any attempt to stop. 

Pictures to come from our trip up north……………….


~ by Stephen Baker on March 15, 2006.

One Response to “The Lost Art of Heroism”

  1. great thoughts here. I’m glad to see you back in the blogsphere and am excited to see the pics from you trip.

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