With everyone in such a hurry to get where they’re going these days, it’s remarkable to see someone take the time to stop and help another person who is in need. That’s what happened when 16-year-old Max Greenwood was driving his truck and noticed there was a driver parked at a stop sign who appeared in distress.
While other drivers were annoyed that the driver was stopped there and blocking their path, honking and maneuvering around the car, Max felt like perhaps this driver could use a hand.
He decided to investigate to see if there was a reason the man was stopped there and the driver has Max’s swift actions to thank for assisting him.
Max explained to WFMY News: “He didn’t move when (the intersection) was clear of traffic, so I knew something was up. At first, I thought he was broken down.”
He added: “A few people were honking and a couple of people passed him because they were frustrated he was stopped. I didn’t want to just honk and be a dirt bag like that.”
When Max sprang into action, two other women also rushed to see how they could help. While it wasn’t immediately apparent that the driver was suffering from an issue, the man finally could muster the strength to explain what happened.
Max explained: “He told the women he thought his blood sugar was low,” adding, “He got progressively worse. One of the women gave him a Coke to help his sugar levels, but I could tell it wasn’t helping, so I called 911.”
Help quickly arrived and the man was transported to the hospital as first responders found he was suffering from a medical emergency.
As for why Max felt compelled to assist the driver, he told the news station: “It’s a person. If I was in his situation, I would want someone to help me.. I stopped because I always try and make an effort to help people on the side of the road.”
Max’s mother, naturally, was pleased with her son’s kindness, explaining, “You preach to your kids that you need to do the right thing, and when he did I was really proud. In this day and age, when a lot of kids don’t think about anyone but themselves, he stepped up and it made a difference.”
Max also understood that there might have been risks to other motorists had he not stopped to check on the driver, noting: “What would have happened if I didn’t help? If I didn’t stop and drove past him, he could have tried to drive and then hit someone and someone could have died, and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.”
County 911 manager Joni Harvey explained that it was “unusual” for a teen to step in and offer assistance. Joni noted: “You don’t see that often with the young ones. Usually young people call one of their parents, who then calls 911. …I think it’s inspirational that a young person was trying to be a good Samaritan.”
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