Missouri teen, Seth Phillips, went above and beyond to help a man in need just as a storm was about to hit making him a hero in his town’s eyes.
St. Louis, Missouri, USA – Gregory Beck is a double amputee who needs a wheelchair to get around and is also legally blind due to his diabetes. He gets around quite happily in his wheelchair but had a little trouble out-wheeling a brewing storm.
Teenager Seth Phillips is now being hailed as a hero for helping Gregory get to safety. Gregory was out buying groceries when the weather took a turn. As Gregory wheeled out of the store, the town’s tornado sirens started playing, warning everyone to retreat to the safety of their homes.
Gregory started to push himself to get home as quickly as possible. He stopped at a petrol station to rest his aching arms for a moment and was told to hurry home by guys driving by. Just as he was about to set off again, a car pulled up next to him, and Seth jumped out.
Seth asked his mother to stop so they could help Gregory. He walked over and started to push Gregory home to safety. Gregory said it is usually around a 25-minute trip home after leaving the store, so Seth stopping to help was a life-saving moment. Being trapped outside in the storm would have been very dangerous for Gregory.
Amber Gilleylen, Seth’s mother, was so proud of her son, she filmed him pushing Gregory home while driving behind them to keep an eye on them. She shared the video online, and it went viral.
“My hope is that other teenagers will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people,”
“It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it.” – Amber Gilleylen
People were deeply moved by Seth’s actions. Amber started a crowdfund for Gregory to buy him an electric wheelchair and has since been funded to just over 50% of the $4,000.00 in one day.