Click the jump to hear from my new hero:
Well I don’t know of any easy, eloquent, or non-emotion-evoking way of telling this one to you, so I’ll just dive right into it. Remember the heroic Wings fan in the James Tiberius Howard jersey I was in awe of during the journey across the desert to watch the game yesterday? Well he’s not only a competent Wings fan without a shred of panic or hesitation in him, he’s also reader of NOHS. Why do I bring this up? Because he contacted us to give us a stick tap for mentioning his good deed and I can’t tell you how emotional it makes me to know what wonders the internet does to bring Wings fans together. And in times of peril, good people always seem to amaze me. Enough dallying though, I want you to read what he wrote:
Hi, My name is Marcus, I am just writing this to you to introduce myself. I am an Iraq War combat veteran and former police officer. I wanted to tell you how surprised I was this morning when I read the blogpost My Night in Jail. I was the man in the Howard jersey. When my wife April and I were on our way to the Wings game in Glendale we saw a car in middle of the road and turned over. There was no one around it so my first instinct was to go see if anyone needed help. I ran to the car without thinking and noticed that none of the windows were open and none of the handles were working. Luckily we had a crow bar in our truck which I was able to break out a window and help the girl inside. She was wearing her seatbelt and was hanging upside down. I told her to stay calm and that help was on the way. But there was a paramedic on scene who just happened to be driving by I helped him get her out of the car. At that point the highway patrol showed up so I asked him if I could leave and he said yes. And we made it to the game. It makes me feel good that good deeds do not go unrecognized and just wanted to let you all know that you made my day!
Pretty damn amazing, right? His reactions and no fear under the circumstances make sense now; he’s a veteran and a former police officer. The Highway Patrol he mentioned is an Arizona Department of Transportation SUV I passed on my way uphill to find cell phone reception.
Life is too friggin’ weird sometimes, but it makes me very grateful to be a part of how it connects us all and furthermore this most recent connexion is due to the pilgrimages loyal Wings fans make to see their team. Mr. Dewey, thanks for contacting us and I’m very proud and very honoured to have you as a reader. If it’s not too much to ask, I’d love to buy you a beer next time the Wings are in town.
Amazing. Marcus, thank you for everything - for serving your country abroad and for helping others in need here in the States...simply amazing.