Unsung Hero #70

In the aftermath of last week’s torrential downpour, alert — and grateful — “06880” reader Lee Feldman writes:

Tonight, I left the gym at the Saugatuck Rowing Club to find my car with a dead battery. Though several folks there offered to help, no one had jumper cables.

I decided to walk over to the Bridge Mobil service station on Riverside Avenue. My expectations were low, since I knew the garage was closed.

When I explained the situation to the night attendant, he told me all the mechanics were off duty. But he offered to call the manager, Johnny (I apologize for not knowing his last name.)

Again, I thought he would tell me that couldn’t help until they opened in the morning.

Instead, Johnny showed up a few minutes later with a jumper battery in hand. He drove over to the SRC and got my car started.

Bridge Mobil, on Riverside Avenue.

When we weren’t sure whether it would keep running, he offered to follow me home, in case I needed another jump along the way.

And when we got there, he refused to accept any payment. He just advised me to have the alternator on my car checked.

With all the anger and ugliness that seems pervasive these days, people like Johnny are a reminder of our better selves. I hope you can recognize him as an Unsung Hero. I intend to patronize his business, and encourage others to do the same.

Done — with joy and gratitude!

12 responses to “Unsung Hero #70

  1. Johnny is a wonderful man and there are a lot of people Like Johnny in our world. We need to hear more of their stories.
    Thanks Dan for .Unsung Hero posts

  2. What a great guy!!!

  3. Great story.

  4. Chris Burdett

    Nice. (I worked a that station almost 60 years ago and it was a great place then too)😁

  5. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Thanks Dan. Yes, it is a troubled world right now and hearing about the good guys is a lift for my day.

  6. Old school. Happened all the time in the past. Can’t say how many rescues over the years, especially when out plowing. Good Karma!

  7. Nadine Melniker

    I will go out of my way to patronize Bridge Mobil on Riverside. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Sharon Paulsen

    Love this!

    Great to hear about people helping people!

  9. What an unusual occurrance….despite Ms. Romano’s faith in her fellow man/woman, such concern for the next guy is NOT found, I think, in “lots of people” in our world.

  10. Johnny Santiago! Nicest guy you will ever meet.

  11. His name is Johnny Santiago.