Teenager Rescues Man in Wheelchair Before Tornado Hits
16-Year-Old Teen Hero Rescues Man in Wheelchair Before Tornado Hits
A double amputee was wheeling himself home in his wheelchair just as a tornado was about to hit the city of St. Louis, Missouri. As he struggled to race home, people drove up beside him and yelled at him to get to safety. But none would stop and help. That is until young Seth Phillips saw him. He asked his mom to pull over so he could push the man the last quarter-of-a-mile to his home.
Seth said that while he was happy to serve the man, he was more disappointed that “people would rather fly by and honk at a disabled person rather than to lend a hand”. It’s surprising to me too! I think what is impressive is just how he was able to ignore what everyone else did and followed what he knew to be right.
It reminds me of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25 where the priest and Levite passed by the man who was robbed and chose not to help him. But it was the Samaritan who stopped and showed mercy.
I’m inspired by this young man who put his neighbor’s needs above his own safety and gave the man his own safety back. That’s something you and I can do too! It may not be when a tornado is about to hit, but it could be when a person can’t pay for their drive-through order. Even what may look like the smallest thing to us, can be a heroic gesture in the eyes of another.
I hope Seth’s story inspires you as it did me. Thanks all and I’ll see you next time!
Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show