It had just been a week since Aaron Tucker was released from prison and all he wanted to do was get a job to support his toddler.
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A 32-year-old man had run into some tough times and just when things seemed to finally turn around for the Connecticut resident, he was faced with a difficult choice. Aaron Tucker had to choose between attending an interview and saving someone's life. It had just been a week since Tucker was released from prison when he left his Isaiah House in Bridgeport to attend a job interview. "I got up around 5 o'clock in the morning because I was so excited for the interview," said the man, adding that the interview was for a busboy position at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Stamford according to NY Daily News. With just $2 in his pocket, Tucker left his home around 9 a.m. and was all set to crack the interview and start a new life.
Tucker had boarded a crowded bus and in the due course of his journey, he decided to take a quick nap. When he woke up, the good Samaritan noticed that a vehicle had overturned on the road ahead of the public transport in Westport. "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," he recalled. He was surprised to see that the bus driver could not be bothered to stop the bus even though there was smoke coming out of the upside-down vehicle. So, he asked the driver if he would wait for him while he went down to check. "I said I was going to help him, and asked the driver if he was going to wait for me and he said, 'no, I am going to leave you,'" Tucker said.
Despite knowing that he wouldn't be able to make it to the life-changing interview on time, Tucker did not hesitate to get off the bus and help the victim. "I saw a lot of smoke coming from the car and I just jumped off the bus and ran to the car," he added. As he approached the vehicle from the passenger side, he saw a man stuck in the passenger side of the car. Before he could unbuckle the driver's seatbelt and remove him from the capsized car, Tucker noticed that the driver was bleeding from his head. Without hesitating for a moment, he took off the new shirt that he had been given for the interview and used it to apply pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding.
After a while, two men arrived to help him from a nearby auto body shop but even then Tucker did not leave the man's side because he wanted to make sure he was okay. He continued encouraging the hurt man to stay awake. "He kept shutting his eyes and I made sure he stayed awake. I told him to open his eyes, I said, 'your family wants you,'" he said. Per Westport News, an ambulance arrived at the location and rushed the man to the Norwalk Hospital where his condition stabilized. Ever since the incident Westport residents have since been lauding Tucker and hailing him as a hero for saving a man's life instead of his own. The 32-year-old, who was too shy to accept the title of a "hero," said that he happened to be at the right place at the right time.
God Bless this man!! Bet you won't see this on Fox.— DannieB (@DannieSingletar) July 14, 2017
"God put me there to be helpful," he said, noting that the thought of his job interview did not even linger in his mind while he was rescuing the man. "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," he shared. But the fact remained that he did not show up for his job interview that was lined up for him. Luckily, his brave and selfless deed was rewarded as it earned him three offers of jobs in construction at a rubbed factory. Expressing his gratitude for everyone's kind and appreciative comments, Tucker shared that he was still concerned about the man's life. "I just want everybody to know it's not about what people could do for me. It's just about me saving his life," he said.
It was reported that Tucker served a 22-month sentence related to a weapons charge. During this hard time, he just had one goal in mind and that was to get a job so that he could support his toddler son, who was living with his mother. "When I come home he is going to live with me," he said. "I know that if I continue to work I am going to get a job because I am not going to go without supporting my son and raising my son to be happy.