Frank Tripp is a U.S. war veteran, and in March 2017 he and his wife Rose decided to visit the California Veteran’s Affairs office. However, it certainly wasn’t to be a run-of-the-mill trip for the couple.
That’s because the pair found themselves in an unusual situation on their way home. In fact, Frank’s reaction to something he saw out of the car window has turned him into quite the internet sensation – thanks to his wife, who shared the story on social media.
So what happened to the Tripp couple that day? Well, the return journey home from the Veteran’s office began uneventfully enough, with Frank at the wheel. But then, to Rose’s surprise, her husband performed an abrupt U-turn.
At that moment, she had no idea what made him do it. But once they were driving back the other way, Rose could see what, or who, had prompted her husband to turn around.
There on the side of the road was a disabled man sitting in his wheelchair. But something didn’t seem quite right. In fact, it appeared that the man was having some issues getting his chair to move.
Looking around, the Tripps could see that no other vehicles were pulling over; it was only them who had bothered to stop for the man who was obviously in trouble. And by now the man was leaning over the side of his wheelchair trying to fix it.
Without hesitation, Frank stopped the car and got out to assist him. It turned out that the wheelchair’s motor had come away from the chair, and the man was struggling to put it back in. Drawing on his practical skills, Frank quickly got to work.
Before long, the wheelchair was back in action, and the disabled man was able to get around again. Rose was so touched by her husband’s act of kindness that she made sure to capture the moment on her cell phone.
And after the incident, she wasted no time in uploading the photographs from their pit-stop. The pictures were accompanied by a little message praising her kind husband. “My honey has a big heart!” she wrote on Facebook.
The likes and shares rolled in, and before long local media got hold of the story too. Frank Somerville, an anchor at KTVU, shared Rose’s post on his page, which is dedicated to uplifting and heart-warming stories.
This gave the story even more traction. Indeed, in just a matter of weeks, thousands of people had liked the photographs, and many had commented on the actions of Good Samaritan Frank Tripp. People were clearly moved by the story.
“Thank you Mr. Tripp! – having a father in a wheelchair there tends to be difficulties. Always amazed when people stop to help!” wrote one Facebook user. And the story attracted numerous other comments as well.
Another commenter wrote, “That’s what life is supposed to be about. Helping one another. We all are on this journey together.” It seems, then, that what Frank did that day inspired others to be kind to one another too.
It was only a small act, but the man on the side of the road really needed someone to take just a minute out of their day to help him. Sometimes it’s easy to think that there are a lot of bad people in the world, but the actions of this war veteran restores faith in the belief that there are a lot of good people out there too.
But Frank’s story is not the only one of this kind. Another incident involving a man in a wheelchair in need of help also went viral in early 2017. This time it was a police officer who was hailed as the hero.
Officer William Thacker spotted a disabled man in trouble while out in his patrol vehicle. Unfortunately, it was a snowy day, and the battery on the man’s wheelchair had died – leaving him stuck in the freezing cold.
But Officer Thacker pulled over and kindly helped the man. And although the policeman couldn’t fix the battery, he did push the man for a quarter of a mile over the snow. What’s more, the whole event was caught on camera and quickly went viral on social media.
The police officer received a lot of praise for this actions, but he didn’t see the big deal. “The guy needed a push and I pushed him,” he said. “I would have pushed him if I had been in my police car or off duty. He needed help.”
The pair eventually made it to the Government Services Center where they could get some respite from the cold. Once there, the man was able to recharge the battery, while the officer was kindly given a lift back by a colleague.
Both Frank Tripp’s and Officer Thacker’s stories are truly heart-warming examples of normal people doing something extraordinary for another. They are true Good Samaritans, and the world could do with more of them.