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A big grin and a helping hand

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We were driving north on McPhillips Street when traffic came to an abrupt stop.

I couldn’t see a stalled car or accident ahead and wondered what the problem was. After a while, traffic started to inch along. As we neared the railroad crossing by the casino, I could see the arm was down at the train crossing and the red light was flashing, although there was no train in sight. Clearly there had been a malfunction, very unfortunate during rush hour.

Then I noticed a young man holding up one end of the arm as high as he could so northbound vehicles could pass by. He was smiling broadly. I saw a car pulled over near where he was, so he had probably parked his car there and decided to literally take matters into his own hands.

Presumably, he changed lanes and did the same thing in the southbound lane, which was why the traffic was moving irregularly.

I wish I had time to snap a photo of him and his cheerful countenance, as he helped hundreds of people get to their destination. If this isn’t an act of kindness, I don’t know what is.

— Maria Harden

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