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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Road to Jericho via Logan, Utah?...

I often wonder how I would react if I came across a life and death situation, where other peoples' lives hang in the balance.

I’d like to think I would jump right in to help and not cower away screaming like Jamie Lee Curtis in a Halloween movie or (worse) be in too much of a hurry with my own self-centeredness and preoccupations to stop.

That was not the case of a group of heroes, who put their lives at risk to save a 21-year-old Utah State University student from certain death.

The victim, Brandon Wright, was pinned under a flaming car that crashed with him on his motorcycle in Logan, Utah (about an hour and a half north of Salt Lake City).

According to witness accounts, the driver of the BMW was pulling out of a parking lot and did not see the motorcyclist, who tried desperately to stopped but ended up sliding on the road with his bike, crashing into the car, rolling over the hood and ending up completely underneath the car, as both vehicles burst into flames.

When someone noticed there was a man underneath the car, people came out of the woodwork to help. At the risk of the car exploding at any point, a group of about 10-15 bystanders lifted the car from one side and pulled the unconscious Wright to safety.

The video of the rescue is spectacular (see ABC story below).

It is refreshing to know that even in today’s “all about me” society, there are still good Samaritans, who like the one on the road to Jericho, go out of their way to save the life of a stranger (talk about loving your neighbor!)...

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