Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"I'm changing my life."

Aaron Tucker, 32, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, went to prison three weeks before his son was born. After the birth, Tucker got a call from the hospital, and heard his son crying in the background. That's when he decided, "I'm changing my life." While on prison, Tucker earned his GED and became a tutor to other inmates, hoping to be a role model for his son, who is now 21 months old. This month he was released from prison, and actually lined up a job interview at Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue. He put on the one white shirt he'd been given by the halfway house, and was riding a bus to the interview when he saw a car hit a tree and flip over.

Tucker jumped off the bus and sprinted toward the car, which was upside down and spewing smoke. He saw the driver inside, covered with blood. He unbuckled the driver's seatbelt and dragged him away from the car as it started to catch fire. He kept telling the man, "Keep your eyes open. Your family wants to see you." Then he pulled off his only white shirt, and used it to help stop the man's head from bleeding. Within minutes EMTs arrived. Tucker skipped his job interview to stay with the man until the ambulance arrived and took him to Norwalk Hospital. "I feel like a job can come and go, but a life is a one-time thing," he said. Community members who read about Tucker's rescue set up a GoFundMe page which raised more than $16,000 in 24 hours. A Westport community activist organized donation drives, collecting clothing and non-perishable items for Tucker. A business owner offered him a tailored suit for his future job.  And best of all? "I've been given a lot of job offers," Tucker said.

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