A good Samaritan is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a blind elderly gentleman stuck on a busy roundabout in Hamilton earlier this month.
Police has praised the action of Firth Driver, Jaspinder Singh Mathoda (Jass) for going out of his way and helping a blind elderly man to cross a busy intersection in the city.
Fletcher Building, one of the largest homebuilders, infrastructure and construction companies in New Zealand, praised the action of the Firth Driver Jaspinder for his quick thinking and helping a challenged man in distress on the road.
"Many drivers passed the man, but it was Jass who didn't hesitate to take the time on his way to work to help the man to safety," Fletcher mentioned on its Facebook page.
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Jass said, it was a typical workday for him when he was approaching a roundabout on Resolution Road in Hamilton. Jass' first impression was that the person was a construction or road worker, but as he went closeby, he realised that the man was standing in the middle of the road struggling to make his way to the footpath, off the road.
"I parked my truck a little ahead on the road and ran towards the roundabout and held the man cross to the other side safely," the Class-4 driver told The Indian Weekender.
As he was approaching the blind person, something that he realised while running towards him, he saw a man coming out of a Blue Ute, and when he had helped the man crossing, the man gave him a thumbs up and had a brief chat with him.
Oblivious to the fact that the person in the Blue Ute about to help the blind man was an off-duty policeman who emailed Jass' company writing about the encounter and appreciating his quick thinking and humane action towards the blind man.
Good Samaritan Jass said that the said act of kindness was something anyone could have done, I am glad I was of some help to that man.
"People make significant differences in others' life by doing just simple things for them and through small acts of kindness.
"If only we all spend just a few moments to take that little extra effort to help someone, it could make a big difference to others," Jass added.