Truck driver pulls suicidal man to safety

By Land Line staff | 1/8/2016

Steve Rodriguez’s day figured to be a routine one. A truck driver for Save Mart’s SMART Transport for 14 years, Rodriguez was traveling on southbound Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif., while on his way to pick up a back haul on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 7.

However, the day turned out to be anything but typical.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man standing on the overpass jumped in front of Steve’s truck in an apparent suicide attempt at 5:45 a.m. PST.

Rodriguez was forced to hit the brakes and swerve, barely missing the man. According to a report from The Modesto Bee, Rodriguez backed up, turned on his hazard lights, and parked. Then Rodriguez left his truck and grabbed the man to avoid him being hit by other vehicles.

According to the Bee, the man survived and was being treated at the hospital.

Rodriguez is also a men’s minister for Christian Worship Church in Manteca, according to the company website.

“Stephen has a good heart,” Save Mart spokeswoman Nannette Miranda told the Bee. “Even under dangerous highway conditions, he did not hesitate to help someone. That’s truly heroic. We’re really proud to have him as part of the Save Mart family.”

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