Let’s say you’ve accidentally ran your truck off a mountain-side road. Now, you’re trapped in a vehicle that’s dangling over the side of a deep cliff. In that situation, what’s your first priority?
For driver Mathew Sitko, the answer was as obvious as it was wrong.
In the spring of 2015, Mathew Sitko was driving his SUV through Lewiston, Idaho (on the Washington State line) when he lost control of his vehicle and careened off the road. Unfortunately for him, the road he was driving on is known as Bryden Canyon Road…you know, because of the canyons. Fortunately for him, his huge SUV came to an instant halt when it was trapped by a chain link fence.
The 23-year-old driver was in a desperate situation. Not only could he not free himself from the banged-up vehicle, his truck was on the verge of falling another 30 feet straight down a rock cliff into traffic below.
But God sent a Good Samaritan to help Sitko. 29-year-old Jason Warnock was driving along the highway below when he saw the accident above him. He pulled over and climbed up the face of the canyon to help Sitko escape.
The first thing Warnock had to do was remove the window that trapped Sitko in his SUV. Using a multi-tool, he hit the glass in an effort the shatter the pane. However, this just caused the SUV – which was already teetering dangerously close to the edge – to rock back and forth.
When the window was finally navigated, Warnock assumed Sitko would just crawl out. Wrong. The rescuer recalled, “He threw me his iPod.”
Sitko, who’s survived a crash, and is trapped inside an SUV that’s dangling over a cliff, only has one thing on his mind: his iPod.
Granted, each of us might have slightly different priorities in that situation…but our first priority shouldn’t be our tunes.
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