Charles Ramsey's moment of heroism in Cleveland this week freed three young women and a little girl. In Tampa Bay, Tim Weidman had a similar moment, ultimately bringing help to a 90-year-old man who might have died while trapped in his car if not for an observant passer-by. Both encounters were happenstance, but they are a reminder of the potential for immeasurable good when individuals look out for others.
Justyn "Jay" Ambrozia of Trinity had driven himself home after a fall at a Publix on April 30 only to realize, after backing his car into the garage, that he could not get out of his car. More than two days — and many cars and pedestrians — passed before Weidman came by on the sidewalk. He noticed Ambrozia's feeble hail from behind the wheel and called 911. The World War II veteran had subsisted on his groceries — a pound cake, Fig Newtons and ice cream cones — but lacked any water. A broken hip and wrist were among his injuries.
Ambrozia is now recovering in a Trinity hospital. In Cleveland, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are reunited with their families after a decade of captivity. All this because two men noticed strangers in distress and took action to help.