Ambulance crash makes good Samaritan spring into action

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It happened in a blink of an eye, a Prattville ambulance collided with a car. Stephen Terrell wasted no time doing what he felt needed to be done; help a stranger, not just the ambulance crew but the patient in the back suffering from a heart attack.

Terrell acted knowing the ambulance was leaking gasoline, knowing anything could happen.

"It happened so quickly. We just got out there and pulled the doors off, helped unload the patient and that's when all the police showed up," said Terrell snapping his fingers a few times.

The story of the Good Samaritan, of course, dates back to the Bible, a parable told by Christ. Stephen Terrell will be the first to say he didn't do anything special. Terrell credits his quick-thinking to his days in the military.

"I wasn't a medic but I worked in inspections and we worked under the medics," said Terrell.

The heart attack victim has been identified as 62-year old Joe Pierce and his daughter Tracy Petreit says there is no question Terrell played a significant role.

"He was a blessing because the ambulance driver just could not get the back doors opened," said Petreit.

Mr. Pierce is well today due in no small part by the dazed ambulance crew and Terrell. While it's true what Stephen Terrell did wasn't as dramatic as perhaps rushing into a burning building, the point is this is someone who could have just stood on the sidelines but chose to help someone he had never met.

"I hope to God that man is okay," said Terrell.

Joe Pierce is doing just fine, according to the family. Pierce did in fact have a heart attack but doctors put in three stints and is expected to make a full recovery.

The fire medics were treated and released from the hospital.

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