Most teen drivers are eager to jump on the road and get moving. Speeding, weaving through traffic and blasting loud music is almost a rite of passage for new American drivers.
Fortunately, one 16-year-old driver doesn’t fit that mold and stopped to help a stranger when other drivers were too busy to notice something was wrong….
16-year-old Max Greenwood was cruising in his truck when he noticed a driver parked at a stop sign and seemingly in distress. Max looked around at the scene and realized other drivers were irritated that their path was blocked and completely unaware that the driver needed help.
Instead of honking and maneuvering around the car like the other drivers, Max told KREM News that he jumped out of his truck and ran to the man’s aid.
“A few people were honking and a couple of people passed him because they were frustrated he was stopped. I didn’t want to just honk and be a dirt bag like that.”
Max’s swift actions inspired two other women to rush over to the stopped car and help as well.
At first they didn’t know what was wrong with him, then the driver mustered enough strength to share why he was stopped in the middle of the road. The brave teen shared what happened next with KREM News.
“He told the women he thought his blood sugar was low.
He got progressively worse. One of the women gave him a Coke to help his sugar levels, but I could tell it wasn’t helping, so I called 911.”
Within minutes, help arrived and the man was transported to the hospital. First responders also recognized that he was suffering from some type of medical episode and needed help right away!
When asked why he stepped in to help, Max told KREM News there’s a simple explanation.
“It’s a person. If I was in his situation, I would want someone to help me…. I stopped because I always try and make an effort to help people on the side of the road.”
Max’s mother raised him to be a kind, caring human being – and stepping in to help those in need is just part of that role.
His mother, Mary Pudelko, shared how proud she was of her son with KREM News.
“You preach to your kids that you need to do the right thing, and when he did I was really proud.
In this day and age, when a lot of kids don’t think about anyone but themselves, he stepped up and it made a difference.”
Without Max’s quick thinking, there’s a good chance that the motorist’s blood sugar levels would’ve dipped to dangerous levels.
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