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7 Heroes: Strangers Save Mother and Two Children Dangling from Overpass

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I remember my middle school days, watching cheesy, suspenseful thrillers. There was often a scene where the car driven by the hero trying to get away would end up teetering on the edge of a cliff.

It was inarguably dramatic, as the people would have to inch their way backward or forward so as not to slide over the edge (always a nail-biter).

Never would I have thought that a scene like this would happen in real life.

But at approximately 8:00 a.m. on June 1, the San Angelo, Texas, Police Department received a report of a white 2012 Mazda 3 dangling from a ridge near the Glenna Street Overpass.

However, when they arrived at the scene, they were shocked to see an empty vehicle.

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Beside the car, safe on solid ground, stood a 36-year-old woman, her 9-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.

Apparently, seven employees of Orig.-Equip and Premier Automotive saw the incident occur and jumped in right away to save the day.

Equipped with chains and a truck, Reid Myers, Jacob Rodriguez, Paul Guevarra, Pattrick Davidson, Adrian Martinez, Julio Vasquez and Marco Vasquez collectively jumped on the trunk of the vehicle.

The group of Samaritans then tethered the car to Myers’ Ford F-350 pickup truck to prevent the Mazda from falling further.

According to the woman, she was traveling eastbound on Houston Harte Frontage Road when a red pickup truck cut her off. She then had to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision.

The family’s car traveled down the entire ridge and began to go over the Loop 306 wall before the seven men came to the rescue.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash. “Their selflessness and teamwork saved the family and we are truly grateful for them,” the San Angelo Police Department said.

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They say flying is safer than driving. Each week, we hear countless stories of tragic car accidents or minor car crashes that could have been worse.

It is always a blessing to see the courage that everyday citizens possess.

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Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a major in English, minors in both Writing and Communication Studies, and a Technical Writing concentration. She is currently working on designing and writing a book of poetry to financially support a new homeless ministry of Grove City, PA called Beloved Mercy Ministry. In her spare time, she loves to sing, play piano, exercise, traverse cities, and find the cutest coffee shops. She also has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA
Honors/Awards
Scholarship of Academic Achievement and Moral Character
Education
Grove City College
Location
Grove City, PA
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
Visual Design, Document Design, Technical Communication, Literature, Computer Ethics




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