Superheroes are known for being masters of disguise, and such is the case with the everyday heroes that go unnoticed in our communities.
They don’t wear capes or fancy masks or have a giant letter marking their chests, but these common heroes are just as super as any Marvel or DC character.
Take Tamy Geerts from Allendale, Michigan, for example. A mom of two, this security officer for Grand Valley State University knows when to jump in and save the day.
And jumping in is exactly what she did when she spotted a vehicle sinking as she drove by the Placid Lake Community with her children.
“I was terrified that somebody might be in there still,” Geerts told WOOD TV. “I took my shoes off. I took my socks off. I threw my glasses and I went in.”
This brave woman told the news outlet that helping is just how she’s “wired.” She didn’t think twice before taking action while her son and daughter stayed in the car and watched.
It has not been made clear exactly how the vehicle ended up in the water. Geerts explained that the driver inside was already waist-deep in water when she reached him.
The man was described as being in a “daze.” Geerts had to work to get him out of the vehicle, but was eventually able to pull him to safety.
There’s no doubt this woman is the hero of the week, but her response to all the attention has remained humble.
Her 9-year-old daughter called her a “hero” — which she is — but this hero claims she’s nothing special. “Anybody would do it,” she said.
Maybe. Or maybe not. After all, this isn’t the first time Geerts has saved the day. According to WOOD TV, something like this has happened before.
A few years ago she helped someone else whose car had turned over in water. It appears she is anything but average. I’d certainly like to have her around in an emergency situation.
When asked if she had anything to say to the man, she wanted him to know one thing: “I’m glad you’re alive, and you’re worth it,” she said.
This is clearly the story of superwoman, and not one of an ordinary mom from Michigan. Not only is it her job to keep students safe at the university where she works, but Geerts’ daughter also has special needs.
9-year-old Arleigh has multiple sclerosis. In 2014, a GoFundMe campaign was created to help pay for her numerous medical bills.
Though it’s been over 4 years since the campaign started, the family is nowhere near to reaching their $10,000 goal.
But perhaps now is the time for others to be heroes to this family, just as Geerts was a hero to two strangers. If you are interested in helping them reach their goal, visit Arleigh’s GoFundMe page.
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