News 12 at 6 O'clock, November 4, 2009
AUGUSTA---Our Time To Care winner for November is only 17 years old, but he can teach us all a thing or two about bravery. He's teenager who risked his own life to help a stranger.
Scott Thompson was driving along one of Augusta's busiest roads--Wrightsboro Road near Augusta Mall. He had just passed the mall when he saw and heard a terrible crash. An empty school bus and a car collided, trapping a young mother in the car.
"I smelled gasoline coming from under the car," Scott remembers. "I could hear it sizzling and her car was smoking. The bus was still on it at the same time. I just didn't want anything to happen to cause an explosion and her still be trapped in the car."
Even though he'd only been driving about a year himself, Scott didn't hesitate to stop his own car and rush to help get her out.
"I noticed she was crying real bad. She had her seat belt off and she was trying to open her door. And I asked her if she was all right and she was hysterical and could barely talk," Scott said.
Scott was pretty shaken up by it too.
"I was really scared. But it didn't really cross my mind to put my own life in danger. I just wanted to make sure she was all right and that she was safe."
Scott's parents, Dan and Sue Thompson, know how dangerous it really was.
"Because there was leaking gas," Dan said. "He could smell it from where he was at, and he just ran up, and that's why I think he reacted the way he did."
Sue remembers the phone call she got from her son: "When he said he was stopped right in the middle of Wrightsboro Road and it's 3:30 traffic, I said Scott, where's your car? And he said it's in the middle of the road and I said no way!"
Dads have been proud of sons for generations, but this was something more.
"I've already shed a few tears and I'm very proud of him," Dan said.
As for Scott, he says it was just the right thing to do. And he'd do it all over again.
"Yes sir. In a heartbeat. I wouldn't hesitate at all."
Dan Thompson knows this is exactly the kind of son a dad wants to raise. He nominated Scott for the award and so we wanted to let him present it. So there they were, arm in arm, in a parking lot along busy Wrightsboro Road
"Thank you Dad. Thanks Mom."
And the Thompsons say the Richmond County deputy on the scene of the crash also complimented Scott on taking the time to care that day. An afternoon when a lot of people just kept right on driving.
And of course, we want to thank our Time To Care partners who make this award possible: Subway and Troy University.
If you want to nominate someone for our Time To Care Award, you can do that right here.