You wouldn’t know it watching the nightly news, but we humans are thoroughly interconnected. Most of us will not hesitate to jump in and help in an emergency. The September 12th video and photos on this MSNBC link from Logan, Utah, show a dozen people putting their own lives at risk.
A 21-year-old cyclist, Brandon Wright, collided with a BMW that pulled out of a parking lot and onto U.S. Highway 89. The cyclist lay his bike down, trying to avoid the collision. When he slid under the car, both his bike and the BMW were on fire. The BMW driver escaped unharmed.
Wright ended up trapped and bleeding. A dozen men and women, construction workers and students from Utah State University, rushed to the rescue. Together they lifted the 4,000-pound car off the injured cyclist and dragged him to safety. At any moment, the BMW could have exploded, but the rescuers focused on the man who needed their help, not on their own safety.
Wright’s luck could easily have run out Monday, but it didn’t. He was not wearing a helmet, yet did not end up with head injuries. He has a broken leg, road rash and bruises. They will heal. So will his spirit, though the young man is likely to do some soul searching, having had such a close brush with death.
CBS news credits grad student Chris Graff with capturing the dramatic rescue on video. The footage will burn itself into a lot of minds. It is a credit to the goodness that is all around us.
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