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Truck driver’s quick thinking a lifesaver

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IT was an act of kindness, but much more than that: the act of saving my life.

I was waiting to walk across a busy street in Winnipeg’s warehouse district. After a long wait, the light turned red a block away. Cars in the curb lane were stopped for a couple of blocks, and there was no traffic in the opposite lanes. I waved to the driver of a stopped truck to alert him I was going to cross in front of his vehicle.

As I passed in front of the truck, just in line with the driver’s side, the driver blasted the horn. The loud sound startled me and stopped me in my tracks. At that same instant, a vehicle raced past in the adjacent lane.

Despite the confusion, I realized if it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of the driver in the stopped truck, I would have stepped into the path of the speeding vehicle, and my life would likely have ended.

After carefully checking the adjacent lane, I crossed the street. In my embarrassment and confusion, I didn’t even look back to give the man who saved my life a wave of thanks.

My hope is he reads these words and realizes his actions saved a life.

This Father’s Day was special for me and my family. A very heartfelt thank you to the man who saved my life. I hope his Father’s Day was special, too.

— Ken Hildebrand

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