Truck driver’s quick think­ing a life­saver

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

IT was an act of kind­ness, but much more than that: the act of sav­ing my life. I was wait­ing to walk across a busy street in Win­nipeg’s ware­house district. Af­ter a long wait, the light turned red a block away. Cars in the curb lane were stopped for a cou­ple of blocks, and there was no traf­fic in the op­po­site lanes. I waved to the driver of a stopped truck to alert him I was go­ing to cross in front of his ve­hi­cle. As I passed in front of the truck, just in line with the driver’s side, the driver blasted the horn. The loud sound star­tled me and stopped me in my tracks. At that same in­stant, a ve­hi­cle raced past in the ad­ja­cent lane. De­spite the con­fu­sion, I re­al­ized if it hadn’t been for the quick think­ing of the driver in the stopped truck, I would have stepped into the path of the speed­ing ve­hi­cle, and my life would likely have ended. Af­ter care­fully check­ing the ad­ja­cent lane, I crossed the street. In my em­bar­rass­ment and con­fu­sion, I didn’t even look back to give the man who saved my life a wave of thanks. My hope is he reads these words and re­al­izes his ac­tions saved a life. This Fa­ther’s Day was spe­cial for me and my fam­ily. A very heart­felt thank you to the man who saved my life. I hope his Fa­ther’s Day was spe­cial, too.

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