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Good samaritans still among us

November 22, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A couple of years ago I wrote about getting stuck on the shoulder of a snowy road while trying to take a photo of a frozen deer.

Yep, that wasn't my most shining moment.

What I remember most are the people that stopped to see if they could help and eventually someone did pull me out with a chain attached to his truck.

Well, what happened last week made me realize that good samaritans continue to be out and about in our community.

I was able to avoid a wreck that occurred near me on Sixth Street, but I did have to jump a curb in my car. My tires thankfully survived the "Dukes of Hazzard" move I did to my car. Hopefully, I've made my insurance guy proud on that one.

As I made my way out of the vehicle a man who saw the wreck pulled over into a nearby parking lot and sprinted toward a lady in the truck who was involved in the accident as her truck bounced off a trailer.

A few seconds later, I saw an employee in a nearby gas station who did the same, an all-out sprint to make sure she was OK and see if he could help in any way possible.

I was amazed as I slowly got out of my car wondering what I just witnessed how many people sprung into action to help this lady. It turns out she was fine and nothing was hurt but her poor truck, though she was shaken up about it.

When people show acts of kindness like they did after this wreck, it continues to reenforce to me that we live in a great area.

I'm sure good samaritans are everywhere, but I'm wiling to bet they don't come in waves like they seem to do in small town Iowa. When I was stuck a couple of years ago on the side of road, I had multiple people who stopped to try and help.

I'm also amazed how you can be driving down the street normally and all of a sudden witness a wreck then see it coming right to you. It was like the whole thing happened in slow motion. Not something I expected as I headed out to do a story that morning.

New Year's Resolutions?

So the holidays are here and it's time for those dreaded New Year's Resolutions. Do you have a unique resolution you are making this year? If so, let me know and you might be featured in a story about it. My phone number and email address are below. Let's have some fun with this one - but try to behave a little.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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