On a hot Independence Day in 2018, BP employee Anthony Marks was hard at work in his new job at a gas station. But when he looked towards the forecourt outside, he spotted a woman in serious trouble. Shocked, the worker then saw her mouth the words “help me,” and he immediately jumped into action.
It was July 4, 2018, and Marks was serving customers at a gas station in Steubenville, Ohio. Yet while he had only been in the job for a month, Marks nevertheless had all the qualities required for a situation that arose while he was on duty.
It started, in part, because the summer of 2018 had been one of the hottest in U.S. history. By early July, for instance, Ohio was in the grips of its second heatwave of the year. Temperatures had even been in excess of 90 °F for more than three days running, and the July average of 83 °F was well above normal for Steubenville.