A Connecticut man is being hailed as a hero after he saved a stranger's life on his way to a job interview.
Aaron Tucker, 32, lives in a halfway house in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With less than two dollars to his name, he was thrilled to land an interview for a bus boy job at a local Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
"I got up around 5 o’clock in the morning because I was so excited for the interview," he told the New York Daily News.
Tucker left the halfway house around 9 a.m. and boarded a crowded city bus. During the ride he dozed off, and when he woke up he saw the aftermath of an accident: a car had slammed into a tree and rolled over.
"I looked up and saw a car flipped over right in front of the bus, so I ran to try to jump out of the bus," he said.
But the bus driver made it clear that he was not going to accommodate him.
"I said I was going to help him, and asked the driver if he was going to wait for me and he said, 'No, I am going to leave you,'" Tucker recalled.
He got off the bus, anyway.
"I saw a lot of smoke coming from the car and I just jumped off the bus and ran to the car."
When he got there he saw that the driver was badly injured.
"The guy had a lot of blood coming from his head," Tucker told CBS News.
As the car started to catch fire, Tucker unbuckled the man's seatbelt and pulled him out of the vehicle and onto the road. Several employees from a nearby auto body shop came over to offer their assistance, one of them carrying a fire extinguisher.
While they waited for an ambulance, Tucker removed his shirt and used it to stem the blood that was coming from the man's head. He spoke to the man to make sure he didn't lose consciousness.
"You're going to be all right," he told the man. "Your family wants to see you. Keep your eyes open."
Minutes later, the driver was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. He was in stable condition as of July 12.
Tucker said it never occurred to him that he was going to miss his interview.
"It didn’t go through my head, because a job can come and go, but a life is only one time," he told the New York Daily News. "The only thing running through my head is that person in the car could pass away and I could help him."
And while he did miss his interview, he quickly received job offers from employers who were impressed by his selfless actions. Members of the community also set up a GoFundMe page on his behalf. So far it has raised over $51,000.
"I've been given a lot of job offers," Tucker said. "Right now, I don't have the money, so I want to get the best job I can to support my son."
"I got locked up three weeks before my son was born," he added. "When he was born, I got a phone call from the hospital. I heard my son crying in the background, and right then and there I was like, 'I'm changing my life.'"