Heroes Of The Road

May 09

Teens have a lot to learn when it comes to driving; who better to learn from than an actual teenager? Everything Driving’s resident teenager, Jailyn, discusses teen driving topics in an effort to help keep other teens safe on the road. This time she covers the Heroes of the Road.

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When you’re on the road, there is always a chance that you will witness some kind of trouble for other drivers. What do you do when this happens? Do you drive by and go about your business, or do you stop to help? Although we would never encourage you to put yourself in an unsafe situation, sometimes stopping to help can be the difference between life and death. Heroes of the Road have a tough, but rewarding job. Don’t believe us? Here are some situations where some very brave people decided to stop and help:

On July 15, 2013, five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was abducted from her front yard. Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend took off on their bikes in search of the little girl. After 15 heart-pounding minutes of chasing the van, Jocelyn Rojas was thrown out of the car. She immediately ran to the boys asking for her mom. The boys returned the girl to her family.

On April 15, 2014, a six-month old baby was struck by a car and became trapped underneath the vehicle. Not hesitating, a group of nearby pedestrians rushed to their aid, working together to lift the car off of the baby. The baby was rushed to the hospital where it was released after staying overnight; the baby sustained no serious injuries.

On April 28, 2014, Wayne Rancourt left for a business trip and returned a hero. While riding in a shuttle bus, they were forced to stop due to a car on the road that had been flipped upside-down. Luckily for the people in the accident, a 95-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman, Rancourt remembered the first-aid he learned in high school. He and another man worked together to help the victims. Using his suit jacket, Rancourt slowed the man’s bleeding by applying pressure to the wound. Rancourt stayed on the scene until first responder arrived. Last we heard, the two car crash victims are in stable condition.

On April 29, 2014, a 17-year-old girl took her eyes off of the road to change the radio station, which, unfortunately led to her car smashing into a utility pole. The pole was knocked down and the driver was trapped unconscious in the car. Luckily for the girl, Marine Robert Orvutt and his four friends were there to witness it. The men rushed to the girls aid, removing her from the car and caring for her until emergency assistance arrived.

These are just a few examples of people who have gone out of their way to help someone in need; only a few of the Heroes of the Road. I encourage you to follow their lead and help people in need if the situation allows it. If during an attempt to help someone the situation becomes dangerous for you, I advise that you step away from the scene, and, if you haven’t done so already, call 911.

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Jailyn Laue

As Everything Driving's resident teenager, Jailyn writes from the point of view of a teen driver.

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