This is a true story. Because it happened about 20 years ago it is likely that some of the “facts” that I seem to recall have likely been blurred by the mists of time. Any inaccuracies are unintentional.
I came across an article in our local newspaper about a mother of two young children who did something quite extraordinary. I don’t remember her name as it happened quite a long time ago and I didn’t save the newspaper article, so I’ll call her “Mary”.
She was alone in her car when she came to an accident scene. An armored truck had overturned trapping a guard inside as gasoline leaked onto the street. The thick metal door on the side of the truck that would have enabled him to escape was now out of reach above him and too heavy to lift from beneath.
A lot of money had spilled out the back of the truck onto the pavement. A crowd of people had gathered. Instead of trying to help the trapped crew, they started scooping up the money for themselves.
As a single mother with two young children, the money must have looked mighty tempting to Mary, but rather than join the mob and take some of the money for herself, she risked her life by climbing atop the truck as it lay on its side. She tried to lift the door to let the guard out but it was too heavy.
Mary yelled to the mob, asking for help and telling them the money wasn’t theirs and that they shouldn’t be taking it. Everyone ignored her and just kept grabbing the money.
As the gas continued leaking and pooled all around the truck, Mary knew that a single spark could engulf the truck and everyone near it in flames. Still, she stayed on the truck and continued struggling with the door.
Mary was not a large woman and she was fighting gravity and the full weight of the door. It took all of her strength but she was finally able to open it a crack. Just as she thought things were starting to improve they suddenly got much worse.
The guard inside saw the door being opened and thought he was about to be robbed. He drew his gun and aimed it at her. As Mary finally wrestled the door all the way open she stared straight into the muzzle of his gun!
Tense moments ticked by. Finally Mary was able to convince the guard that she was just trying to set him free. He cautiously put his gun away and she helped him to climb out of his heavy metal cage.
Mary and the guard quickly began gathering up the money to try to keep it from the mob.
The police eventually arrived and the mob scattered.
The article went on to say the tow truck company sent two dozen roses to thank Mary for all that she had done.
The story didn’t end there, but as this is already a relatively long post I’ll close for now and finish it in another installment which I may call “When A Good Idea Goes Very Badly Wrong”.