In the town of Hesperia, California, a great aunt watched helplessly as a baby stroller was carried by a gust of wind toward a busy street.
It was then that a good samaritan loitering outside a car wash named Ron Nessman reacted quickly to avert the disaster—all the while his heroics were being captured by a surveillance camera from the car wash.
The speed limit on Bear Valley Road in Hesperia is 40 miles per hour, but with three lanes in each direction, it’s hardly pedestrian friendly.
“Didn’t even have time to think about it, you just react,” Nessman told local news. “She sees the child going into the street, and that’s all she sees, she can’t do nothing.”
Indeed, in trying to catch the stroller she fell hard on the blacktop. Though homeless, Nessman has nieces and nephews whom he loves, and couldn’t imagine the lady must have been feeling.
But a personal tragedy in his life allowed him to relate. Nessman’s girlfriend passed away in 2018, and the heartback derailed him a little bit. He had only recently moved back to Hesperia to reconnect with his family, and had just finished a job interview when he jumped into action.
“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I did nothing,” he said. “I’m just glad I realized it and was on it.”