A man recently released from prison is being hailed a hero after saving a man involved in a serious crash.
Aaron Tucker, 32, recently completed a 22-month prison sentence. The Bridgeport, Conn., man donned a dress shirt and caught a bus earlier this month on his way to a job interview.
He told West Port Now that he had $1.75 in his pocket and was ready transform his life for his 21-month-old son.
“I’m determined to change my life,” Tucker told West Port Now.
While on the bus, Tucker saw a car hit a tree and flip over. The bus driver told him if he got off the bus, he would be left behind.
Without hesitation, Tucker jumped off the bus and rushed to help a man trapped inside the car.
“I saw it and just had to help,” said Tucker. “I had to do what I had to do.”
Tucker unbuckled the driver’s seat belt and dragged him away from the smoking car.
“The guy had a lot of blood coming from his head,” Tucker told CBS News.
Other people ran over to help. Some used a fire extinguisher to put of the fire. Meanwhile, Tucker never left the driver’s side.
“You’re going to be all right,” Tucker told the man repeatedly. “Your family wants to see you. Keep your eyes open.”
Tucker stayed with the man until an ambulance arrived. He ended up missing his interview that day.
“The job just wasn’t in my mind at that time,” said Tucker. “I feel like a job can come and go, but a life is one time thing.”
People touched by the story set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Tucker and his 21-month-old son.
“Aaron is the kind of man who should be celebrated. While others stood around and took video, he jumped into action and helped,” Karin Dale wrote on the GoFundMe page, which has already raised more than $56,000.