Aaron Tucker desperately needed a job. This was a man who had just gotten out of prison following a 22 month stint (for a weapons charge), was living temporarily in a halfway house and had a 2 year old son to look after, so yes, finding a job meant a lot to him. It meant so much, in fact, that he had even bought a brand new shirt to wear just to ace the interview at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Stamford, Connecticut. He had prepped himself and was on the bus to his destination. And yet, he missed his interview.

As the bus was heading down the road, it came across a really bad car crash. The car was overturned and smoke emitted out its sides. Aaron Tucker asked the bus driver if he would stop the bus to help the wounded inside. The driver said no as he had a route to maintain. For the same reason, the driver informed him that he could not stop for even a few minutes to check if the people in the car were okay.

With only $2 left and a son to look after, Aaron Tucker was heading for a job interview when he saw an overturned car on the road. When noone around was willing to help, Aaron gave up his chance for a job by getting off the bus he was in and saving the injured man from the car wreckage, using his own brand new shirt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. An online campaign to thank Aaron for his selflessness raised $66,000 for him.
The car crash that Aaron and the bus came upon still had an injured man inside the car
Aaron - who probably had the most to lose in that bus - got off and with the help of a few pedestrians pulled the injured man out of the smoking car. He then took off his clean, new shirt that he had bought specially for this interview and used it as a tourniquet around the injured man's head to stop the bleeding.

"Your family wants to see you. Keep your eyes open." he repeated over and over to the injured man, waiting there on the road without a shirt on his back until an ambulance finally arrived. The man survived.


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Aaron did not get the job, obviously, as he never attended the interview. This was doubly tough because all he had left in his pocket that day as he left for the interview was $2 (Rs 130.) But the community that watched him risk his own life and give up his own chance at moving forward in life just to save a stranger's life did not forget his story. They set up a GoFundMe campaign to thank Aaron Tucker for his compassion, hoping to reach a target of $35,000 ( Rs 22.6 lakhs).

In 8 months, they have nearly doubled that target ($65,900 / Rs 42 lakhs) with strangers across the world, deciding they wanted to let Aaron know he mattered.

With only $2 left and a son to look after, Aaron Tucker was heading for a job interview when he saw an overturned car on the road. When noone around was willing to help, Aaron gave up his chance for a job by getting off the bus he was in and saving the injured man from the car wreckage, using his own brand new shirt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. An online campaign to thank Aaron for his selflessness raised $66,000 for him.


Author's note:

This is part of my #AtoZChallenge where I will be focusing on Real Life Heroes of Kindness.

The list for this year's (2018) Heroes of Kindness can be found here.

Of course, I have been tracking these lovely human beings for years now and have found children as young as six years old and old women in their eighties from across the world who will restore your faith in humanity. You can find the entire list of Real-life Heroes of Kindness and Compassion here.

36 Comments

  1. Wow!! What a brave human being and very selfless too; Its takes a lot to forget about oneself and look out for another person in need!
    Doc your human stories are just awesome!!! Love this series
    Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks Shalini... looking to make people have hope again this April

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  2. Wow! With so much going on in this life, he still stopped to help. That's simply awe-inspiring. This post has given my day the right start.
    5 Reasons Why Adventure Travel is Good For You #AtoZChallenge

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    1. Do come back for more in the days to come :)

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  3. Just what we need to bolster our faith, Roshan! Beautiful theme! Great post! Will be back for more!

    Deepa
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  4. I’m going to be reading all the posts for sure. So kind a soul, Aaron!

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  5. Wow! Wow! and Wow!
    Kindness paid off and how! It is so important to let people know they and their gestures matter.
    Glad to know you'll be spreading inspiration and kindness all of April this year too, Doc!

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    1. Totally agree.. we need to acknowledge these people.. let the world know they exist

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  6. Thats a wow post. You have chose a great theme for humanity.

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  7. This is such a beautiful, encouraging story! I don't know if I could've done the same to be honest!
    My blogs in the A to Z: Self discovery via travel and a separate Interactive story.

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  8. Great story. It isn't easy to give help to a stanger, even when you have less to lose than Aaron. He was really a hero. And it's so heartwarming, not just his gesture, but the fact the other normal people wanted to return it.
    I'm just shocked that the bus driver wasn't willing to stop even to check on the wounded.

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  9. Inspiring indeed. Wonderful message. Classic example of Karma. Excited for tomorrow's person. Thumbs up, Doc :)

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  10. I loved this one..what a sacrificing dad and human being Aaron is๐Ÿ˜

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  11. Such a selfless human being..really vry inspiring.great work Roshan sir ..keep going

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  12. That is so amazing. So selfless of him to do that! Loved this brilliant start to the challenge. :)

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  13. Wow! Aaron and his selflessness is inspiring. I am already waiting to read the next story. Your stories kept me hooked last year too. Thanks for bringing them to us Doc.

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  14. Such an inspiring story of selfless humanity. People like Aaron indeed restored our faith in the world. Coming back tomorrow to read about the next hero of humanity.

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  15. These real life stories never fail to bring a lump to my throat! Aaron is indeed an angel sent by God just for the man involved in the accident. He is truly a blessed soul!
    Beautiful, heartwarming!

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  16. That is an inspiring story indeed.

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  17. What an magnanimous human being this. So full of unconditional love. The world would be such a better place if there were more Aaron Tuckers.
    Loved this story Doc. Thank you so much for sharing.

    https://natashamusing.com/2018/04/a-is-for-anachronism-misplaced-in-time-atozchallenge/

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  18. I can tell you, as a resident of the United States, that $2 American will barely buy someone a cup of coffee or a bag of dried beans - this hero was literally down to his last money. Dinosaur BBQ started in Syracuse, New York, about 70 miles from where I live - I've eaten there several times over the years and I wondered if Dinosaur BBQ stepped up in any way- the happy answer is YES, he was offered another interview later in the year. What a life changing event - I hope Aaron is blessed many times over for what he did.

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    1. Thank you so much for following up... happy to hear this

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  19. We all need to read more such stories of real-life heroes in today's world. Thanks for choosing this theme!

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  20. Glad you are continuing with the theme this year too Doc. I loved this one particularly because Aaron, the good doer, got rewarded at the end as it should be.

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  21. Good and kind people exist in this world and people like Aaron reinforce our faith in them. Such an inspiring story!

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  22. Great theme. Kindness and goodness are more often than not, not enough appreciated. A great gesture on your part to make the world know about so many unsung heroes. I am a first timer in the A-Z challenge and love your theme.

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  23. Like I said last year too, this is the best theme ever in all seasons of A to Z everywhere! I can only imagine the amount of time and effort it takes for you to read up on such people and learn more about them. All this while having a regular job and acing that as well. First of all, you need to realize that you are a hero too, Doc!

    Aaron Tucker is such a kind soul, his two year old is lucky to have such a role model as his father.

    Looking forward to read more such real life stories of kindness. Especially the one about the six year old that you mentioned.

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  24. That is so inspirational! Looking forward to more stories.

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  25. What a beautiful soul! Aaron Tucker is a shining example of humanity and compassion. Thanks for introducing him, Roshan!

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  26. Stories like these reinstate your faith in mankind. Looking forward to red any more

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  27. In a World, where we get to deal a lot of negativity on daily basis, your posts are like a soothing balm. They show us that humanity is not dead yet.

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  28. What an amazing story. He really deserves much more credit for what he did than he got. If I'm brutally honest, I can safely say that I could never do what he did, if I was in a similar position. Great story sir

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