Everyday Heroes: Man Arrives in the Nick of Time to Help Woman in Distress!
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Sometimes the opportunity to save a life comes when you least expect it. That’s what 19-year-old Thomas Stolee discovered when he decided to go out for a jog on the morning of Easter Sunday of 2016. When he saw a young woman standing at the railing of a bridge, Thomas stopped and talked to her despite her protests.
However, he soon realized that words alone weren’t enough, and that he was going to have to do more to stop her from taking her own life. Thomas, a freshman at the University of Minnesota, noticed the 24-year-old woman because she looked upset and was right next to the bridge’s railing. He asked if he could help her, but she immediately told him to get away, causing him to take a step back. She straddled the railing, and Thomas decided to build a rapport by talking to her. He introduced himself, and spent about around 30 minutes just calmly talking with her.
According to the Good News Network, other people walked by Thomas and the woman, but no one stopped. Luckily, a couple did eventually look, and Thomas mouthed the word “help.” They called the campus police, but Thomas had to take action before they could arrive, as the woman had swung her second leg over the railing.
Thomas had been carefully inching closer during the conversation, and he told the Duluth News Tribune that he was about 4 to 5 feet away when he made his move. He grabbed the woman in a bear hug and pulled her to safety. Although she cried, she didn’t resist.
The campus police took over from there, and as news of the incident spread, the whole community credited Thomas with saving a life.The woman who Thomas saved is never going to forget his selfless actions. Do you have a story of someone helping another in such a big way? Please share!