A horrific crash in Westport Connecticut turned strangers into heroes to help a trapped driver in a smoking car.
Aaron Tucker jumped off a bus where he was headed to a job interview and used a dress shirt he had been given at his halfway house as a tourniquet on the injured man’s head.
“I saw it and just had to help,” said Tucker, who was told by the bus driver he would be left behind if he got off the bus. “I had to do what I had to do.”
The driver was headed east when for some unknown reason his car crossed the center divide, struck a tree and flipped over.
There was smoke coming from under the car so they grabbed a fire extinguisher from a garage.
“He was in pretty bad shape,” said Scott Luciani of Bridgeport, a Vautrin worker who had been an EMT. “We got him on the ground and stabilized him.”
But the Vautrin workers pointed to Tucker as “the real hero.”
“I got into the car and the man was bleeding badly from his head. I took off my shirt to stop the blood flow,” said Tucker, the father of a 21-month-old son. “Someone said to take the key out of the ignition and I did that.”
“You did God’s work,” Hector Stewart, assistant program director, told him.
Tucker said he had left the halfway house with $1.75 in his pocket and wearing a new shirt as he set off by bus for the job interview.
“I’m determined to change my life,” he said.
Tucker said he is living in the halfway house after serving a 22-month prison sentence related to a weapons charge.
“I just want to support my son and his mother,” Tucker said.
“I’m looking for any kind of job –- construction worker, landscaper, restaurant worker. I’ll do a good job.”
Reports are that he has received lots of offers and is considering which one to accept!
Meanwhile a Gofundme page has been set up for him. The goal of $35,000 has been surpassed.
The full report of the incident can be found here: http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v3/comments/a_crash_turns_strangers_into_heroes/