It was Fred Rodgers who once remarked, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" Mr. Rodgers' mother was correct - even in the darkest of times, there are heroes who shine brightly. That was certainly the case last February after a fiery automobile accident in Chicago.
Erik DePillars, 17, was driving under the influence when he lost control of his SUV and slammed into a tree. "The car just engulfed in flames," bystander Keith Bonner Sr. told CBS New York. Bonner Sr. was one of many good Samaritans who rushed to the scene of the crash. DePillars was stuck in the car, but the group of helpers were able to pull him free.
ABC7 News reports that one of their photographers happened to be near the scene and used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. A follow-up article from the news outlet reports that DePillars was charged with DUI, among other charges.
Mr. Rodgers certainly wouldn't approve of DePillars' actions, but he would be proud to hear about the many good Samaritans who rushed to help the young boy. "I'm just glad we were able to get him out," Bonner Sr. said to the CBS reporter.
You can see a news segment on the story below.