You’re seven days released from prison. You’ve landed a job interview and are ready to get your life back on track. On the bus ride to the interview, you notice a horrible car crash and nobody is helping. If you get off the bus to help, you’ll miss your job interview. What do you do?
32 year-old Aaron Tucker made the choice to get off and help the situation. Aaron got up early on July 6th, 2017 to prepare for his job interview. He put on a dress shirt given to him by the halfway house he was staying in and hopped on the bus to land himself a job.
On the way to his interview, he noticed a car had hit a tree and flipped over. The car was starting to smoke up. Tucker jumped off the bus towards the wreck and saw the driver covered in blood. Without hesitation, Tucker pulled the driver out and dragged him away from the car.
“The guy had a lot of blood coming from his head” Tucker explained to CBS News. Tucker removed his dress shirt and wrapped it around the man’s head to help stop the bleeding. “I just wanted to make sure he was all right.” Tucker continued.
Tucker skipped the interview and stayed with the man until an ambulance arrived and the man was in stable condition.
"I feel like a job can come and go, but a life is a one time thing," Tucker said. "The job just wasn't in my mind at that time."
The local community responded in kind. A GoFundMe page was started that raised over $16,000 for Tucker, and several donation drives were organized to provide clothes and other goods for Tucker and his 21 month old son. Tucker says that he’s been offered many jobs and that he’s weighing his options for what’s best for him and his son.
"I got locked up three weeks before my son was born," Tucker explained. "When he was born, I got a phone call from the hospital. I heard my son crying in the background, and right then and there I was like, 'I'm changing my life.'"
Tucker’s actions are proof that springing to action and doing the right thing in times of crisis will always bring good fortune to you and the people around you.
Special thanks to CBS News for their coverage on the story.