“I was surprised when I saw it in the news,” he said. “I didn’t think I would be here right now over something that is second nature to me, and my colleagues.” Those are the words of Thaddaus Turner after he became famous for extending his helping hand to a fellow in dire need. This is not the first time a commercial driver will perform heroic deeds most of the transit system is made up of everyday heroes Thaddaus is just one of them. One good turn deserves another it is our hope that Thaddaus would be compensated for his humane gesture, the compensation doesn’t have to be monetary it could be an award or something, even if he’s not compensated by humans God would definitely compensate him in his own superior way.
Thaddaus is 28-year-old man who derives his income earnings from transporting people from one part of the city to another, on a faithful day, he saw a blind man trying to cross a road that was under construction, he instinctively knew that something must be done otherwise the blind man might suffer harm. He abandoned his car and stepped in to lend an extra helping hand.
“The route was barricaded, it was rough for me as a driver, I can only imagine how rough it was for him,” Turner told CNN.
“I knew I had the traffic behind me stopped, because it’s only one-way through there. My concern was getting him across from the opposite direction,” said Turner to a local news station.
The blind man Gene Hubbard lost his eyesight to diabetes, right after his diagnosis doctors have made it clear that things could get worse in the future. In order to manage the disease and prevent it from further deterioration Gene began monitoring his sugar levels and administering his own insulin shorts unfortunately all these could not prevent diabetes from destroying his eyesight.
As a soldier that he is Gene never gave up on his life and wallow in self-pity he continued working full time job, commuting via public transportation and living an independent healthy lifestyle.
You might be asking yourself that how did a blind man manage to do all that? Well, we have to give it to Gene he is a smart man, he memorized schedules, maps and routes. What he has memorized got disrupted when construction changed Gene’s usual walking path.
Gene told fox 6 that: “if I don’t have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean.”
Realising that Gene was having a hard time finding his way, Thadddaus stopped the bus, took out the keys and walked Gene to his usual path. With the 28-year-old driver’s help Gene got home in one piece safe and sound.
Unknown to Thaddaus someone snapped a photo and made a video recording of him helping Hubbard and sent it to the transit agency. The agency then shared it on Facebook and it quickly went viral and caught the attention of local new stations.
The video has been uploaded to youtube one cannot help but admire Thaddaus for being an angel without wings.
Thaddaus says the attention the photo generated has really caught him off guard. “I was surprised when I saw it in the news” he said. I didn’t think I would be here right now over something that is second nature to me and my colleagues.”