Curious Driver Looks Out Window, Then Realizes Who Dozens Of Drivers Have Passed And Calls 911
FaithTap Staff 4/11/2017
William Givens works as an insurance agent, but he could never have predicted where his job would land him. When William was climbing off a roof onto a ladder after inspecting it, he felt the ladder move out from underneath him.
William had just swung onto the ladder from the roof when the ladder gave way. He tried to grab ahold of the gutters to save himself, but much to his horror, he fell all the way to the ground. He tried getting up, but he had broken too many bones and dislocated both of his arms. His job landed him on the ground and in an immense amount of pain.
In fact, William had broken both shoulders on top of dislocating his arms, broke his hip and his skull. He was unable to move his arms to reach for his cell phone and call for help. The impact of the fall led him to fade in and out of consciousness. He fought to stay alert, knowing he might be lying there in excruciating pain for several hours until the homeowners returned. He was afraid.
But as fate would have it, the Lord intervened and led a kind-hearted passerby past that house at that exact time. It was Michael Wall who was en route to the grocery store when he saw William struggle and fall to the ground. Michael said several cars had slowed down, but no one stopped to help.
"I just don't like to see people get hurt, you know, and if I see something wrong I try to stop and help people. When I got out of the truck he hollered ‘help'. I grabbed my phone, called 911 and talked to him because with concussions, you don't know if he had one or not. I wanted to keep him awake."
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Michael's presence was the miracle William needed to survive the fall. If he hadn't stopped and summoned help in a timely manner, the outcome would've been much different.
"I just remember the voice of a man being over me telling me everything was going to be okay and telling me that he was calling 911 and that an ambulance was on the way. It was very reassuring, comforting because I was panicking struggling on the ground."
Once the paramedics arrived, Michael slipped away. But William wanted to find him and thank the Good Samaritan personally for saving him. The local television station helped track down Michael and the two were able to speak via phone, since William is recovering at home in another state.
William ended up spending three weeks in the hospital in Michigan where the accident occurred before being released to return home to his wife and kids. He has been in rehabilitation. William said he was so happy to talk to his hero and thank him.
"I would have hated going the rest of my life not knowing the guy who saved me."
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Michael shies away from the attention and hero label, but said it was wonderful to hear from William. He was glad he was doing better and on the road to recovery.
"It made me feel great. You know, good . because usually, you don't hear from people after helping people. It made me feel good that he was like me. He's a caring person that cares about people. Everybody out there should be this way. I mean, help everybody that's what the world should be. If someone is in trouble, if you can help, help."
Here's the phone call where you can hear William's gratitude pour through.
Falling from a high point is one of the things nightmares are made of, where you're flailing and can't save yourself. That nightmare came true for William. But thanks to Michael's good intentions, William is alive and recovering. Thank goodness for the angels among us.
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