We can’t all be heroes. Even when we are in the right place at the right time. Some of us are not fast enough or strong enough or have the wherewithal to pull it together in an emergency. Thankfully, we have police, fire and emergency medical technicians we can call upon. However, sometimes, like in this case, the fast action and strength of Cody Stephens saved the lives of two people.
Stephens was getting ready for work when he heard the crash. He ran out to see scattered car parts but no car, until he realized it had skidded off the road and down an embankment.
A call for help helped Stephens focus on the task at hand. The male driver of the car was alert and attempting to pull his injured passenger from the car. That is when Stephens went down the hill to help. His first impulse was not to move the injured passenger, but the decision was made for them when the overturned vehicle caught fire. Then Stephens and the driver worked quickly to get the passenger away from the car and up the hill. Stephens got an assist from a friend who helped him pull the car wreck victims the final feet to safety.
Stephens was recently honored for his heroic act that day with a very special award generally reserved for firefighters. Stephens was presented with a “Challenge Coin” with a handshake in a long-held military tradition. The coins are generally only given to firefighters, but Stephens showed himself to be a courageous first responder worthy of the tradition.
Do you know someone who rescued victims after an accident or someone who puts their life on the line every day to protect the lives of others? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.