Harrison Ford doesn’t just save lives in movies, he’s a hero in real-life, too! This was recently confirmed when the Indiana Jones star rushed to help victims of a car collision in Santa Paula, California.
On Sunday morning, a 63-year-old woman was driving east down a highway in Santa Paula when she accidentally swerved off the road and crashed into an embankment. According to the Ventura County Star, Ford happened to be nearby and rushed to the scene upon hearing a crash. Other good Samaritans joined him.
Said Senior Officer Matt Alonzo of the Santa Paula Police Department, “He acted as a good Samaritan, just like everybody else, and tried to help before emergency services arrived.” With the help of other activists, Ford was able to help the female driver out of the vehicle. Fortunately, she was the only occupant in the van and escaped with minor injuries.
Credit: Los Angeles Times
Reportedly, Ford checked on the woman’s well-being then took off. Because he was not a witness to the crash, he did not provide any statements to the police.
This isn’t the first time the Star Wars actor has swooped in to assist someone in need. In 2001, the film star piloted his helicopter into Yellowstone National Park to rescue a 13-year-old boy scout who had gotten lost in a mountain. Ford told the pre-teen at the time, “Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one.”
And in 1991, Ford become an advocate for the environment. This occurred after he was introduced to Conservation International, one of the world’s leading environmental research groups. As Look to the Stars reports, the organization was founded in 1987 and provides a fund for scientists in 30 countries to identify and overcome biodiversity threats. To date, it has donated over $100 million to conservation partners around the world.
Every day, tens of thousands of good deeds take place yet go unnoticed. For this reason, it is commendable that people like Harrison Ford — who are well-known and have a platform — go the extra mile to help others. The mainstream media can’t help but report on the developments and this, in turn, reminds the populace that good is alive and well.
We can each “be the change” we desire to see in the world by taking action when injustices are witnessed, by volunteering to help out in the face of danger — such as Ford did and by striving to be the best we can be. When we lead by example, others are empowered to live their best lives, as well.
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