Ex-Prisoner Misses Job Interview to Save Car Crash Victim

Virginia Carter
July 16, 2017

When Tucker awoke from a short nap on a packed bus en route to the restaurant, he jumped to action upon seeing an overturned vehicle on the road in front of the bus in Westport.

Tucker spotted the vehicle and immediately asked the bus driver to stop so he could help the driver who was trapped in his smoldering auto. Then, noticing that the driver was bleeding from the head, Tucker took the shirt off his own back-one he had been given to wear to his interview-and used it as a tourniquet to stop the blood loss. "The only thing running through my head is that person in the vehicle could pass away and I could help him". I told him to open his eyes.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Tucker's benefit as a result of his efforts to save a stranger despite needing to get to a job interview. He was not thinking about passing up the bus boy interview when he rescued the driver.

"I just wanted to make sure he was all right, and that's what I did".

With ambulance yet to arrive and the victim fast losing consciousness, Tucker kept on talking to him, boosting his courage and urging him not to give up.

But Tucker eschews the "hero" label and says he was simply at the right place, at the right time.

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They spoke to Chase Stephenson , a co-owner of the property who said his seven-year-old daughter had " seen the aftermath ". A young girl who lives on the property where the men fell saw the bodies on the driveway and is now receiving counselling.

Now a Westporter is working to show Tucker thanks; she created an online fundraiser to support him and his almost 2-year-old son. It is only after the victim was tended to that Tucker realized that he was too late to show up for the interview, a job that he badly needed to be a better father to his 21-month-old son, who lives with the mother.

"I feel like a job can come and go, but a life is one time thing", Tucker said. "The only thing running through my head is that person in the auto could pass away, and I could help him", he said. A GoFundMe campaign created by the community has also raised nearly $14,000 in recognition of the man's compassion.

"When I come home he is going to live with me", Tucker said of his little boy.

"He said, 'No, I got a job to do". It has mostly been shared in Westport, Dale said, and town residents are now going beyond to take additional efforts to help Tucker as well as others in the halfway house where he resides. "I know that if I continue to work I am going to get a job because I am not going to go without supporting my son and raising my son to be happy".

As of Friday, it had raised more than $3,000 of a $10,000 goal.

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