Mary Davidson, senior varsity cheerleader and soccer player, and alumni Kaylee Arbaugh and Sarah Benson, assisted an injured man off of a street this July while vacationing in Chicago. Two other strangers were at the scene, and the man was safely transported to an area hospital.
“We were walking to the Navy Pier and we saw this old man come up behind us, and it looked like he stepped into the street, but he didn't mean to,” Davidson described. The man then stumbled face-first, causing him to bleed heavily. She noted that on that particular day, the area wasn’t populated.
“I was scared,” she admitted. “To be honest, I thought he was dead. Then we realized that obviously, we weren't going to leave him in the street. And there was no one else around so we had to do something.”
Getting past the initial shock, the three girls rushed to assist the fallen man when the two other good Samaritans, an older man and woman, ran to the scene. Together they carried the man off of the street to safety.
According to Davidson, the rescued man, after regaining consciousness said, “At least I didn't break my glasses.” She giggled at his optimistic insight.
The girls then located the nearest hospital using Siri, the voice activated personal assistant on Arbaugh's iPhone. After waving down a taxi, the other man and woman at the scene volunteered to assist him to the hospital.
“And then he left,” said Davidson, still in disbelief of what happened. “It was quick. It was weird.”
Davidson, Arbaugh and Benson (left to right) in Chicago