Yesterday’s Post Road car crash near Stop & Shop was harrowing.
It was also heroic.
As first reported by WestportNow in a compelling story, several people from Vautrin Auto Service rushed to help.
So did Aaron Tucker.
The 32-year-old was on a bus from Bridgeport to Norwalk, for a job interview. The driver said he’d leave him there. But, Tucker told WestportNow, “I had to do what I had to do.”
He took off a new dress shirt, and used it as a tourniquet. He also turned off the ignition, preventing a possible fire.
Tucker gave up a lot by sacrificing his shirt — and his job interview.
WestportNow said that he lives in a Isaiah House in Bridgeport — a halfway facility — after spending 22 months in prison on a weapons charge. When he helped save the accident victim’s life, he had just $1.75 in his pocket. He also has a 21-month-old son.
“I’m determined to change my life,” he told WestportNow. “I just want to support my son and his mother,” Tucker said.
He added, “I’m looking for any kind of job –- construction worker, landscaper, restaurant worker. I’ll do a good job.”
WestportNow editor Gordon Joseloff got these quotes — and got to know Tucker — as Joseloff gave him a ride back to Bridgeport.
Tucker worried that he would be unable to vouch to his halfway house supervisors for missing the Norwalk job interview — or explain how he lost his new shirt.
When Joseloff explained to the supervisors what happened, one told Tucker, “you did God’s work.”
WestportNow posted that job offers or financial assistance could be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, for forwarding to Tucker.
Today, town groups jumped in to help too.
Kami Naraghi Evans reports that contributions — money, clothes, toys for his Tucker’s son, whatever — can be dropped off starting tomorrow (Friday) evening at the Westport Arts Center (51 Riverside Avenue), and at the Christ & Holy Trinity Church office (Myrtle Avenue and Church Lane), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
WestportNow reported today that Tucker is headed to the Trumbull Mall, to pick up job applications.
Let’s hope he puts “life saver” as one of his skills.