On Oct. 5 Dianne Ritter was in an bad accident.
The Oswego resident was on her way to work, when at 7:59 a.m. at Douglas Road and Route 30 her Chevy Avalanche was struck by a car running a red light. Before police and paramedics could arrive, a fellow driver who witnessed the accident was at Ritter’s side, calming her down.
Later that day, Ritter took to Facebook to try and find the man, who all she knew was named Brock, to thank him.
This is the message she posted on the Oswego Patch Facebook page:
"I'm writing this on your fb wall in hopes one certain person has fb and is a fan of your wall. I was involved In a accident this morning on route 30 and Douglas road. I wanted to get the name of the person who helped me to thank him. I only know his name is Brock. So Brock if you're reading this...THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I appreciate your help this morning."
Less than an hour later, with readers chiming in, Brock was found.
“You're welcome Dianne! Glad you got away from that accident in one piece,” Brock Torrance of Montgomery wrote back.
Many other Facebook users wrote in, with comments like, “We need more Brocks in this world!” and “There's still plenty of good, generous people out there!”
Torrance for his part was just glad he was able to help where it was needed.
“That was my instinct,” Torrance said. “I wanted to make sure she was OK.”
He’d been sitting in his truck on his way to his job at Caterpillar when he saw the crash. Ritter had been making a left turn onto Route 30 when a car shot through a red light and smashed into the front end of Ritter’s car.
Torrance said the driver side door was jammed shut, so he went over to the passenger side and opened it to ask if Ritter was OK.
“She was shaking really bad,” he said. “I grabbed her by her hand and got her to maneuver into the passenger seat. She was just shaking uncontrollably, but was trying to call someone on her phone.”
Torrance asked if she wanted him to call someone, and he ended up speaking to her boss and explaining the situation.
Ritter’s car, designed in Dallas Cowboys colors, was declared a total loss, but she credits it with the fact she was able to walk away from the accident.
“I plan on getting another Avalanche,” she said.
Torrance agreed, saying a smaller car would have meant a very different scene that morning.
“I’m still so overwhelmed about everything,” said Ritter. “There’s not a day that I don’t go towards that intersection that I don’t think of Brock and how much help he was, how controlled he was. There are not too many people out there who will help like he did. He is an amazing person."
Torrance said he was touched that Ritter had reached out to find him. “My wife and I were talking and we’ve seen all too often people not thanking people for anything. It was a very nice gesture.”
Torrance said it’s the “little things that make everything worth it” and always keeps that in mind when he’s going through his day.
“Things like saying thank you, or holding the door open. It make’s people’s day a little brighter," he said. “We’ve all been in those tough spots where we need somebody. If somebody’s in trouble, I want to be able to help them.”