Teen Watches As Drivers Honk At Man Stuck On The Side Of The Road. That's When He Spots Something Inside The Car That Stops Him Cold
He was the only one who saw it.
It’s all too easy to get stuck in your own world while behind the wheel. Most of us have a hard time thinking of others when we have some place to be.
That’s why so few people stop to help when they see a motorist stuck on the side of the road.
But Max Greenwood is not most people.
When 16-year-old Max noticed a man sitting in his car on the side of the road in Michigan, he just knew something was off.
Only later, after he had pulled over and got help for the man, did Max learn that the man likely had low blood sugar.
"You preach to your kids that you need to do the right thing, and when he did I was really proud," his mother Mary Pudelko said. "In this day and age, when a lot of kids don't think about anyone but themselves, he stepped up and it made a difference."
"It's a person," Max told KREM of stopping for the man. "If I was in his situation, I would want someone to help me. ...I stopped because I always try and make an effort to help people on the side of the road."
Max was driving on Eager Road near Golf Club Road in Oceola Township when he saw a car on the side of the road.
"He didn't move when (the intersection) was clear of traffic, so I knew something was up. At first, I thought he was broken down," he said.
Max later revealed that the man seemed “really out of it” to the point that he could barely even remember his own name.
"A few people were honking and a couple of people passed him because they were frustrated he was stopped. I didn't want to just honk and be a dirt bag like that," Max said.
In the end, Max and two other Good Samaritans pulled over just in time to get help for the man.
"He told the women he thought his blood sugar was low," Max said. "He got progressively worse. One of the women gave him a Coke to help his sugar levels, but I could tell it wasn't helping, so I called 911."
"When my son was telling me the story, I got emotional. I was like, you're only 16. How did you know to do this?" Pudelko said.
Thanks to Max’s actions that day, a man’s life was likely saved.
"You don't see that often with the young ones. Usually young people call one of their parents, who then calls 911. ...I think it's inspirational that a young person was trying to be a good Samaritan," County 911 manager Joni Harvey said.
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