Most of my blogs are based on news stories, in which, I am opposed to or disagree with or find fault with what some members of society will do to others.  But, I am a strong believer in the inherent belief that most people are basically good, honest and caring.

On that note, I was very pleased when I came across this following news story:

A group of 20 Florida teenagers heading for their prom sprang into action to help rescue a family from a car accident Saturday. The teenagers were bound for Fort Lauderdale when a van carrying a family of seven overturned in front of them on Interstate 595. The Western High School students helped pulled five adults and two children from the overturned Honda Odyssey.

The driver of the van was heading eastbound on I-595 when traffic slowed down, according to Sgt. Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol.  The driver veered to the left and bounced off a divider, which resulted in the van turning over on its side.

Danny Izzi, president of Avanti Limousines and Airport Transportation, was driving the limo the teenagers were riding in when the van overturned.  He almost rear ended the van, but was able to slam on the brakes without harming any of his twenty student passengers.

Frank Tucker, who was one of the students and was a former football player, stated later that they just reacted, ran out of the limo, did what they had to do.

Peter Kim said that he grabbed a 9-year-old boy from the van and tried to help calm his mother.  “We laid her down, and we tried to calm her down. She was just panicking, she was in shock,” “She was screaming out, ‘Where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?’”  Kim added, “It felt great that we got to help someone out and that we didn’t just roll on by. I’m happy that I had my peers that actually helped out instead of just sitting there and doing nothing.”

The family was taken to the hospital in ambulances with minor injuries. However, the 2-year-old girl was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

The teenagers made it to their prom just 15 minutes late, even though most of them and even their limousine were covered in blood from their impromptu rescue mission, which was captured on video on the local news..

Even with all that going on, “it was a good prom,” Krista Pulcini said.

What a wonderful testament to these fine young men and women and the limousine driver to first of all; to stop, to get involved, to show such compassion for others who are basically strangers, and also, put aside, for the moment, a very important event in their lives as prom.  This says a lot about where they got their character from…great job.

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