July 5, 2022 by By Cathy Stack
Laurie Rabyor and Jeanette Rivera each left their workplace at the same time and were driving in lanes next to each other. Jeanette noticed Laurie’s car hazardously swerving. She looked over to see Laurie slumped over the wheel, incapacitated from an apparent medical emergency. Her car perilously drifted toward a busy intersection and oncoming traffic.
Jeanette immediately hopped out of her car and bravely ran after Laurie’s out-of-control car to attempt to stop it. She quickly realized that she needed help. She frantically waved her arms, attempting to alert nearby drivers to the emergency.
Within seconds, several other motorists, including a nurse and a U.S. Marine, sprang into action to assist in the daring rescue. The five strangers banded together and used their body weight to bring the car to a complete stop.
Once they stopped the car, they realized the doors and windows were locked. One woman cleverly ran back to her car to retrieve a dumbbell and handed it to a man who used it to smash the rear passenger side window. Another man then climbed through the window to unlock the door. The group then moved Laurie’s car out of traffic and into a convenience store parking lot. A nurse provided medical attention to Laurie until first responders arrived on scene.
Laurie has been released from the hospital and is doing well. She attributes the medical emergency to dehydration resulting from taking her medication on an empty stomach.
“Thank god for people like you,” said Laurie to her heroes.
The local police department lauded the group for their courageous and quick-thinking action. The department later arranged a special event honoring the good Samaritans where they reunited with Laurie. Laurie was grateful for the opportunity to personally thank her heroes.
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