Hail Storm Breaks Out. Customer Pulls Out Phone Just In Time To Capture Elderly Man On Street
Kristin Danley 3/19/2017
Elvis Ingersoll, 14, works a shift every Sunday at his dad's restaurant called Gracie's in Vallejo, California, taking turns staffing shifts with his siblings (he's actually a triplet!). But during one particular shift, Elvis had more to juggle at work than just clearing tables. When a freak hailstorm hit the area, Elvis sprang into action to save the day.
The people nestled safe in the restaurant enjoying a bite to eat were caught off guard when the hailstorm swept over the area. It wasn't in the forecast and no one suspected it until dark clouds began swirling. When they looked outside to watch it hail, they spied a senior citizen trying to cross the street in the middle of the storm.
The man relied on a walker and moved slowly. Everyone instantly felt sorry for the fellow, but Elvis actually did something about it. He snatched up a huge umbrella another customer had accidentally left behind a couple of weeks before.
Then he sprinted outside into the hailstorm, popped the umbrella open and held it over the man's head while he trudged on through the adverse weather. Elvis' dad Ken said he wasn't surprised by his son's spontaneous good deed.
"Elvis, like the rest of my kids, are good-hearted kids. ... The hailstorm lasted only four or five minutes at the most. He could not have gotten caught at a worse time."
Ken said it was fate that his son was in the right place at the right time, ready and available to rescue the senior. A loyal customer, Ricky Buenaventura, also happened to be eating at the restaurant during the hailstorm. He had his phone out at just the right time and he recorded the incident. Of course, the umbrella played a key role, too.
"So many things had to happen just in the right order for this video to be possible, starting with some person two weeks ago that forgot to take their umbrella home with them. It was sitting in a corner of the dining room. I thought about moving it to the storage room several times but never did."
Ricky posted that "good kids are still around, they just don't seem to be seen by the internet." After sharing the video on Facebook it has gone viral, being viewed hundreds of thousands of times with more than 1,000 shares and almost 5,000 likes.
Watch Elvis run out into the hailstorm to help the stranger.
Ken told ABC News that the attention people are paying to his son's kind deed warms his heart, especially in a society where random acts of kindness and rescuing seniors in hailstorms isn't the norm anymore. He hopes Elvis's actions inspire others to help others more often. We do, too!
Sources: ABC News, Facebook/Rick Rock FB Image Credit: Facebook/Rick Rock