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    One courageous act

    One courageous act

    Photo By Master Sgt. Craig Michael | Master Sgt. Lawrence, Aircrew Flight Equipment, 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National...... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. Craig Michael 

    138th Fighter Wing

    If someone looks up the definition of hero in the dictionary, there are several explanations given, such as a legendary figure with great strength or ability, a principal character in a story, play, film or a person noted for courageous acts.

    138th Fighter Wing, Master Sgt. John Lawrence exemplifies the latter, by reacting to a single-vehicle accident appearing to have struck a bridge guard rail.

    On a frigid morning commute to work, Lawrence approached an airbag deployed vehicle resting sideways on its passenger side door in a deep ditch. Lawrence rushed on foot to the vehicle discovering a woman within, shaken from the sudden impact. Bracing himself on the wrecked vehicle, there was no other alternative but to reach down and pull the woman out of the upright driver side door.

    Showing no immediate signs of injury, Lawrence hurried the woman to his vehicle keeping her warm until paramedics arrived on the scene.

    “Sometimes you have to weigh what’s important at the time by putting yourself out there to help somebody else,” said Lawrence. “Hoping they would do the same for my family.”

    Several hours later at work, Lawrence’s cell phone began pinging excessively with messages from family and friends about a recent post on social media in relation to the accident that morning. Baffled by the onslaught of questions, Lawrence viewed a post going viral with over 900 likes in a matter of hours, thanking him for his courageous acts.

    “I thought it was really nice that the woman’s husband was trying to reach out and say thank you,” said Lawrence. “Making an impact on their family and not even meaning too.”

    Master Sgt. Lawrence is the supervisor for the 138th Fighter Wing, Aircrew Flight Equipment shop specializing in systems safety technologies, helping protect aircrew during flight and in event of emergency situations.

    “I wanted to help, not be a hero, but to react,” said Lawrence.



    Date Taken: 06.01.2019
    Date Posted: 08.15.2019 09:50
    Story ID: 335967
    Location: TULSA, OK, US 
    Hometown: TULSA, OK, US

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