Ex-Convict Finally Lands Job Interview, Makes Headlines When He's A No Show For Unforeseen Reason
FaithTap Staff 7/31/2017
Aaron Tucker is a man looking to turn his life around. He'd been in prison for two years on a weapons charge, incarcerated three weeks before his son was born. Aaron was living in a halfway house in Bridgeport, Connecticut, when he was finally summoned to a job interview at a barbecue restaurant not far away. That's when divine intervention took ahold of his life.
Thrilled with the opportunity to have a second shot at life, to be the father he'd never had to his 21-month-old son, Aaron, 32, hopped on a public transportation bus and headed off to the interview in a borrowed shirt. Aaron had been living at the halfway house during the summer and on the way to the interview, he spied a serious car crash.
A vehicle had left the roadway and flew into a tree. It landed upside down on its roof. Emergency help had not arrived yet, so Aaron made the decision to jump into action.
Although he knew he might be sacrificing his shot at a new job and a better life - Aaron hustled off the bus to save the driver's life.
The bus driver warned him that he wouldn't be able to get back on once he got disembarked. In fact, no one else on the bus offered to help Aaron rescue the motorist.
"I asked the bus driver, 'Are you going to help?' He said, 'No, and if you get out, I'm going to leave you.' I seen the car smoking up, and the bus driver was still talking. The car started smoking, so I just ran out."
As Aaron unbuckled the bloody and woozy driver, working to extract him from the vehicle, employees from a nearby auto repair shop joined him. He tore off the only good shirt he had--albeit a borrowed one--and applied pressure to the man's bleeding head. Aaron said he kept telling the motorist that he his family needed him and he had to stay awake.
The bus left him and his heroic act initially cost him his job interview. But Aaron didn't care, because the choice he made was the right one, he said.
"Someone needed my help, and that's what I did. I helped them. If it happened again, I'm going to continue to do it, because it's the right thing."
A complete stranger who learned of Aaron's heroism and his plight called the halfway house where he lives to speak with him and obtain his permission to set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Aaron and his growing young family. People who have heard Aaron's story have donated thousands of dollars.
Others have offered job interview outfits and interview preparation assistance to Aaron and other residents at his halfway house. One woman started a drive to generate clothing, toys and books for Aaron's little boy. He's been given numerous job offers, too.
That complete stranger who set up the GoFundMe page, Karin Dale, said that no matter Aaron's past, he's proved his current value as a human being.
"No matter what happened in the past, he's a good guy and he needs a break. I think he's proven what his character's like."
Here's more about this incredibly selfless act of kindness from a Good Samaritan.
Aaron insists he isn't a hero. The outpouring of support, donations and other assistance has been humbling and soul stirring. He said he plans to use some of the money to help start a college fund for his son and to give him a good life.
Aaron also received great news--the employer with whom he had an interview that was missed because of the wreck gave him a second shot. Best wishes to Aaron and his family as they move forth with their lives.
Sources: ABC News, CBS News FB Image Credit: ABC News