VOP: Heroism takes but a split second

VOP: Heroism takes but a split second

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I was moved by the story in last Thursday’s Kenosha News of the horrific accident on Interstate-94, of the heroic action by the driver of the northbound semitractor-trailer.

The man was driving his rig, just another day on the job, when the accident occurred in the southbound lanes, and suddenly he had split-second to make a life-or-death decision: Stay on the highway and probably kill the people in the passenger cars ahead of him, or take evasive action at the risk of his own life.

In that split-second, he made the heroic decision, at the cost of his own life as his rig crashed and burned.

As I write, the driver is not yet identified. One can only wonder: Is there a wife at home who doesn’t yet know she’s a widow? Children who don’t yet know that they’ve been orphaned? And what of the people whose lives he saved? They all will be affected for the rest of their lives: all due to one man’s split-second decision.

I hope that once the driver’s identity is discovered, he can be honored as he deserves.

Frederick Butzen

Kenosha

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