Aaron Tucker, a 34-year-old ex-con, left a bus on the way to a job interview to help rescue a man who had rolled his car on the street. Tucker was on a bus from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Norwalk for the job interview when he noticed the overturned car in Westport.
Tucker spotted the vehicle and immediately asked the bus driver to stop so he could help the driver who was trapped in his smoldering car.
After pulling the man from the vehicle, he took his shit off and used it as a tourniquet to stem the man’s bleeding. As a result, he missed the job interview for a bus boy position at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Stamford.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Tucker’s benefit following his heroic rescue. In less than 15 hours, people have donated more than $6,000 to the father-of-one. Tucker he said he’ll use the money – and hopefully whatever he earns from a future job – to provide for his son, Aaron Jr., who is living with his mother.
According to the GoFundMe page: “Aaron got off the bus and with the help of three employees of Vautrin Auto Services, rescued the injured man. Aaron went so far as to take the new shirt off his back and wrap it around the injured man’s head.
“Aaron, despite not having a father in his life as a child, is dedicated to his son, and wants to make a good life for Aaron Jr. and his mother. His voice shines when he talks about his Mickey Mouse loving son.”
The New York Daily News reports: “I got up around 5 o’clock in the morning because I was so excited for the interview.
“I looked up and saw a car flipped over right in front of the bus, so I ran to try to jump out of the bus. I saw a lot of smoke coming from the car and I just jumped off the bus and ran to the car.”
Even though Tucker missed his job interview, he said he doesn’t regret his decision.
“It didn’t go through my head, because a job can come and go, but a life is only one time. The only thing running through my head is that person in the car could pass away and I could help him.”
Tucker is currently living in a half-way house after serving half of a 22-month sentence for a weapon charge. He has since received several job offers. Fire Chief Robert Yost told the Westport News that Tucker and two other civilians are responsible for the rescue.
“That’s really reassuring that people are still willing to step in and help out a fellow citizen.”
Aaron Tucker is a 34-year-old ex-con who missed a job interview while rescuing a man from an overturned car that was beginning to catch on fire. Tucker served half of a 22-month sentence for a weapons charge and is now trying to get steady work so that he can provide for his young son.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Tucker.