It started off as a typical early-October day for Tony S., a Sanford Kramer plumber, who was on his way to a service call at a customer’s home. Tony was driving a Sanford Kramer “Duck Truck” in the right lane of a three-lane wide portion of Connecticut Avenue near the Maryland – Washington, DC border when he saw a dangerous situation unfolding a couple hundred feet ahead. An elderly woman was crossing the street. As she stepped up onto the curb, she lost her balance and fell backward into the road. There was a chance she hit her head, as she was not getting up.
With traffic picking up speed behind Tony’s Duck Truck, our quick-thinking plumber knew he had to do something and fast. “There was a bus behind me straddling two lanes, and I knew that the driver would not see the woman in the street,” Tony said. In a skillful maneuver, Tony swung his truck almost 90 degrees across the three lanes of Connecticut Avenue, blocking the traffic to protect the injured woman. Not an easy task with a fully-stocked service truck, we might add. With the woman now safe from the traffic of the busy road, Tony immediately dialed 911 and stayed with the woman until an ambulance arrived.
Did Tony stick around afterward to receive the praise he deserved from bystanders, police officers, and emergency personnel on the scene? Of course not: “I had a customer waiting for me for a service call. I didn’t want to be late.”
Tony is a hero and a Good Samaritan, and we are proud to have him on our team and in our community.