Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

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TWO STRANGERS HELPED SAVE THE LIFE OF TRAPPED MOTORIST

My sister was on her way to work on Feb. 13 when she was in a serious car accident in Penn Hills.

The car was hit so hard it caught fire and she was trapped. She could hear a man's voice calling, "Get out, the car's on fire!" but she could not move. This kind person pulled her from the car, and he and another lady got her out of harm's way.

The car was a complete loss. If it weren't for the man and the lady, my sister would have burned with the car.

Her injuries are severe -- her legs, ankles and wrist were broken, and she has head and neck trauma. We lost our mother several months ago, and to have also lost her would have left our family devastated.

The main thing my sister remembers about the man that helped save her is that he had on a nice necktie, which waved back and forth across her eyes. My family would like to thank the lady and the man who stopped -- both were a blessing that morning.

CAMILLE T. ROBINSON

Wilkinsburg

CONCERNED MAN'S PRACTICAL ADVICE FREED HER OF THE PANIC OF CAR ALARM

For years I have locked my car doors automatically when I enter it. My husband reminds me to be aware in parking lots, and this is a routine part of that security.

We recently purchased a new car. When I returned to it while shopping recently, I carefully packed my items in the fob-released trunk and pushed the button to lock the doors as I entered the car. I clicked on the seat belt and turned the key. The car exploded into a convulsion of alarms: every possible light and horn system was activated.

The term PANIC is aptly used for this mode -- I was both terrified and horrified! I pushed every button I could find, on the dash and on the fob. I turned the ignition off. I restarted the car. I stopped the car again. The hideous display continued.

It would take a special person to approach a vehicle in this state with a driver who is clearly becoming more distraught. …

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