Teenager Jumps Out Of Car After He Spots Crossing Guard Lying Face Down On Ground

Oct 23, 2021 by apost team

Doing the right thing means helping others even when no one else is watching. One teenage boy, Dylan Sassu, stopped his car and ran out as soon as he saw a crossing guard lying face down on the ground. Right away, Sassu knew something was wrong and called 911. The woman in need was Catherine Russo and she said she tripped and lost consciousness when she hit the ground.

Sassu was a junior at Middletown High School when he jumped into action to help Russo in February 2020. He was leaving a friend’s house and heading to wrestling practice when he decided to take a different route than usual. It is lucky he did because Russo was lying unconscious near the road when he drove past the intersection of Russel Street and Ridge Road in Middletown, Connecticut.

The teen said when he found Russo she wasn’t breathing well and he asked her questions to keep her awake until the paramedics arrived. Sassu credits his CPR and first aid courses for helping him know what to do in an emergency situation. The young man hopes everyone will take a CPR class because you never know when you might need it.

Falling on the ground broke Russo’s nose and she was covered with minor scrapes and bruises when Sassu found her. Russo said that she can’t thank Sassu enough for stopping and helping her, and most of all for staying with her until the paramedics arrived. He even offered to call Russo’s daughter for her. Keep reading to learn more about this heroic teenager.  

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As soon as Sassu realized that the figure lying near the road was a person, he immediately stopped to help. “I knew something was wrong right away because she was face down on the ground and it didn’t seem like she was moving or conscious. So pulled over my car over here and I jumped right out,” he explained to WSFB.

The main concern initially was Russo’s labored breathing. “She wasn’t really breathing on her own at first. She was wheezing. So I made sure (to say) in through your nose, out through your mouth,” he said

Russo was going in and out of consciousness so Sassu did everything he could to keep her awake. The teen asked her any question he could think of to make her stay alert. “Like when is your birthday, does your neck hurt, does your back hurt,” he shared.

The miraculous part of the story is that Sassu typically never drives that way, and just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The boy said, “I actually just went to my friend’s house down the street. And I usually don’t come up this way but I did just that day.”

Russo was expected to make a full recovery and Sassu was looking forward to seeing her return to work as a crossing guard. The teen explained, “I drive by here every day to make sure and see if she is here, I definitely want to say hi to her and make sure she’s alright.”

NBC Connecticut reports that Sassu was awarded the Good Samaritan Award by the Middletown Board of Education for his actions.


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