If you have ever questioned whether or not you could make a difference in this world, look no further than the story of Alexis “Lexi” Lindsey and Brian Putt.
Lindsey was headed for a Justin Timberlake concert in Indianapolis on April 2 when something she saw on the side of the road stopped her.
There was a parked car on the shoulder and a man struggling to walk. “He started waving his arms and he fell to the ground,” Lindsey told The Times-Mail.
Lindsey had taken a course on health careers at the North Lawrence Career Center (NLCC) that had provided her with some emergency training, and she could not simply drive past a man suffering some sort of health crisis.
After seeing the man collapse, Lindsey told Times-Mail, “I screamed, ‘Stop the car!'” That man was Brian Putt, and he had fallen in a spot where he could have been hit by oncoming traffic.
So much happened at once. Lindsey ran from the car, called 911 and worked to move Putt — who is twice her size — out of the road.
It turned out Putt’s internal cardiac defibrillator was shocking him, which Putt — who was conscious — explained to her before experiencing a seizure. Others stopped to help, but only Lindsey had the medical knowledge needed in the situation.
“He was wearing a FitBit and I could see that his heart rate was extremely high,” she explained. “I was ready to do CPR if I had to.”
When Putt started to seize, Lindsey rolled him on his side. Through it all, she never got his name, but that would soon change.
The following week, while Lindsey was in her classroom at the NLCC, who showed up but the man whose life she had saved?
“I can’t imagine what that day was like for you…” he told her. “You have so much character, you broke down a stereotype for your generation…”
Lindsey’s response was priceless. “I’m just glad you’re OK,” she said through her tears, according to a follow-up article from Times-Mail.
Putt gave Lindsey a beautiful bouquet and the two posed for a photo together. That wasn’t all Putt had in mind for his rescuer: Putt, a U.S. Navy Veteran, handed her a hard-earned dolphins pin he’d been awarded as a U.S. Navy sub fleet member in 1993.
“You earned them,” he told the teary young woman.
What an amazing act of kindness and an equally wonderful recognition of that kindness. Lindsey is an example of what it means to be a good Samaritan in the truest sense of the term.
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