When Aaron Tucker went to jail for a weapons charge, it gave him lots of time to think about his life and how he wanted to change it. The 32-year-old was in jail when his son was born, and still remembers the phone call he got from the hospital. "I heard my son crying in the background, and right then and there I was like, 'I'm changing my life,'" he said.
Tucker worked hard to turn his life around, earning a GED in prison and even tutoring other inmates. Earlier this month he was released, and moved into a halfway house in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With no job, connections or even clothes, Tucker was forced to start his life over from scratch. "I came out here with nothing, literally nothing," Tucker said. "But I knew if I worked hard things are going to come my way."
As it happened, less than a week after leaving prison Tucker has become a hero to his community for an act of sacrifice that took everyone but himself by surprise. Tucker was taking the bus to a job interview last week, wearing a shirt he borrowed from another man living in the same halfway house.
On the way to the interview Tucker spotted a driver lose control of his car, hitting a tree and flipping his vehicle over. He asked if the bus driver would stop to help, and he said "no, but if you get out I'm going to leave."
Tucker had to choose between a job interview that could help him make ends meet, or rescuing the driver. He didn't hesitate for a second.