“Have You Ever Saved Anyone’s Life? How Did It Happen?”

On 21 December 2014, Redditor Benjaha asked, “Have you ever saved anyone’s life? How did it happen?” Here are some replies:

1) dougismycat wrote, “One day at central station in Sydney, I noticed a drunk old bloke near the edge of the platform. When I saw a train coming, my gut told me he was going to fall on the tracks so I walked up near him just in case. Sure enough, he stumbled a few steps and was about to fall on the tracks when I grabbed his shirt and pulled him back when the train was about 20 metres away.

“Then I took a bite of my Mars bar, trying to be all nonchalant, but my heart was beating a thousand miles an hour. An old lady walked up to me and said, ‘I think you saved that poor man’s life.’

“I shrugged and gave a self-effacing smile, but the voice inside my head was saying, ‘F[**]k yeah, I saved his life. Make me a cape, old lady, while I put my underpants over my pants, because that’s the most superhero sh[*]t you’re gonna see all day.’”

2) CaptainAwesome06 wrote, “My wife pulled a family out of a burning car when she was younger. A couple of guys who said they weren’t going to risk their lives ended up taking credit for it. She also performed CPR on a guy on a train when he collapsed and stopped breathing. I’ve never had the opportunity to save a life, except I stopped a pit bull from attacking my dog once. He still needed surgery.”

3) warshadow wrote, “Was camping with my family and some friends from work. He has a young daughter, maybe 10-11 at the time. We are camped on the shore of a really nice river. It was great to swim in, but was really deep and had a pretty good current. My friend’s daughter went into the river without her life jacket on while me and her dad were getting a fire ready to cook with. I have my back to the river, and I hear a strangled cry for help. Turn around and I see my friend’s daughter struggling and going under. My wife was pregnant with my first born at the time, and I don’t know if it was me being in dad mode, over protective or what, but I was able to cover the roughly 30 ft of distance between us in a split second. I pulled her out of the water with little damage done, and after her mom and dad finished chewing her out, she is told, ‘From this moment on, everything that you do in your life, you owe it to /u/Warshadow for saving your life today.’

“And that’s how I learned Japanese guilt has nothing on any type of guilt trip American parents can try.”

4) Handsome_Hunk wrote, “Saved a girlfriend from likely drowning after she vastly overestimated her ability to doggy paddle and tread water. Luckily I was aware that IRL [In Real Life] drowning looks just about the exact opposite of TV and movie drowning: people don’t really loudly, visibly struggle so much as they quietly go under and don’t come back up. I saw her quickly losing her breath and panicking as the boat drifted away, grabbed her, flagged down the boat, and nearly drowned myself trying to keep us both above water as she panicked and tried to climb me to remain alive.”

For More Information: Benjaha, “Have you ever saved anyone’s life? How did it happen?” Reddit. 21 December 2014


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