Our View: Good Samaritan deserves praise, thanks

By – Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:01 a.m. CDT

When someone notices a perilous situation that endangers a helpless person and then intervenes to save the day, people take notice.

That was the reaction to Sauk Valley Media’s story about a Dixon man, Randy Tompkins, who on the afternoon of June 2 got out of his truck, ran to a slow-moving vehicle that had run a stoplight driven by a man having a seizure, crawled inside through the passenger window and stopped the vehicle.

He also checked to make sure the man had not swallowed his tongue.

Tompkins’ split-second actions very likely prevented a crash – or worse.

Although this good Samaritan doesn’t believe he did anything particularly special, we beg to disagree.

So do numerous online commenters on Sauk Valley Media’s Facebook page who watched a Dixon Police Department dash-cam video of the rescue.

Here’s a sample of their comments, slightly edited:

Krista: “Great job, Randy! You were in the right place at the right time and took action without hesitation! Very awesome! You’re a good man!”

Jeff: “Hero, indeed! Acted without regard to himself, and may have saved some lives along the way!”

John: “Great story! Took a lot of guts. I have always thought, ‘What would I do?’ Well, this guy did it.”

Patricia: “Oh, my goodness, I have never seen anything like this before. How heroic and wonderful of the man to do that.”

After Tompkins got the car stopped, police officers quickly reached the vehicle. Since no crash occurred, the incident was treated as a medical call, and the name of the victim, a man in his late 20s or early 30s, was not released.

We join others in praising and thanking Tompkins for his bravery and quick thinking.

His courageous caring could well prove infectious (and we hope it does), so that future perilous situations might inspire the good Samaritan in the rest of us.