Chivalry Is Not Dead

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 26, I was driving up Lookout Mountain taking my mother home.  My 2-year-old granddaughter was also along for the ride.  Halfway up Ochs Highway in the middle of a blind curve, at rush hour, my car simply died.  Smoke poured out from under the hood, and we were completely stranded. 

There was a long line of cars stuck behind us unable to go around because it was impossible to see the traffic coming down - a maddening and dangerous situation.  All of a sudden, a gentleman pulled around my car, backed down the road and parked in front of us.  He calmly got out, stationed himself at the apex of the blind curve and proceeded to direct traffic safely both up and down around my stalled car.  He kept this up for about 15 minutes until two CPD officers arrived to offer traffic control and motorist assistance.

Once he saw that we were in safe and capable hands, he headed back to his car.  I was overcome by his kindness and immediate action to ensure our safety.  As a result, I was in tears as I profusely thanked him.  He gave me a hug, said that it was nothing and he was happy to help. Then he got in his car and drove off.  I cannot thank this gentleman enough for what he did for us, and I could kick myself for not getting his name. 

Sir, you are proof to me that there is great goodness in this world and that chivalry is not dead.  I am indebted to you for your selfless action.  Given the darkening hour, the amount of traffic present and the precarious position that my car occupied in that curve, you kept me and my family safe in a potentially tragic situation.  I salute you and am grateful beyond words.

Caroline Chipley Johnson


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