A teen decides to take a different route, which ultimately helps him save a school crossing guard… Watch the video to find out how…

When the high school student saw the crossing guard standing still, he was driving along a route that was different from the one he regularly used. He took initiative and acted courageously, just like a hero.

It was a matter of seizing the moment, being at the right place at the right time, and responding accordingly.

We’ll point the finger at chance or destiny, but most of the time, we forget that situations aren’t determined by their circumstances but rather by how we respond to them when they happen.

One day, a young man who lived in Middletown, Connecticut and was 17 years old found himself in a circumstance that was favorable for him. He had no idea at the time, but he was going to be hailed as a hero because he had saved the life of a crossing guard.

When Dylan Sassu, a junior in high school, arrived at the crowded crossroads of Russell Street and Ridge Road, he was on his way to his wrestling class.

At that very time, he saw a body laying on the ground with its face down.

Sassu instantly came to a stop after coming to the conclusion that it was a human and stepping out of his car.

«I knew right away that something was wrong because she was lying face down on the ground and didn’t seem to be moving or aware. So I pulled over here and jumped out of the car,» Sassu told WFSB.

He said that the middle school crossing guard was not breathing well. She was gasping for air and wheezing. Sassu could tell that she wasn’t doing well.

He called 911 right away and stayed with the person until the ambulance arrived. He was telling the crossing guard the whole time to breathe in through her nose and out through her mouth. He also asked her questions to make sure she was awake and aware. Simple questions, like if she was hurting or when her birthday was. Even more, he offered to call her daughter on her behalf.

Catherine Russo, who works as a crossing guard, said she fell and blacked out.

And if the teenager hadn’t been there at the right time, things could have gone much worse for her.

Strangely, though, Sassu doesn’t usually take the road where he saw Russo. He said that he was coming from a friend’s house down that road and that he doesn’t usually come up that way. On that day, he did.

At addition to being in the right place at the right time, Sassu also acted morally.

“He’s my hero. In an interview with NBC Connecticut, Russo said, «It’s difficult to even explain to him how he rescued me, how he helped me, and how he was there for me.”

Russo’s nose was broken as a result. She also had a lot of cuts and bruises, but she was fine other than that.

No one seems interested in finding out if it was fate or luck. Sassu was just glad that his CPR and first aid training kicked in, even though he never thought he would have to use it.

In the end, the high school student was glad that everything worked out the way he had hoped.

The Middleton Board of Education gave him the Good Samaritan Award for what he did. The inscription on his award says that it is a reminder to everyone that we must help those in need, especially during times of crisis.

«It just seems strange to be proud of it. I know I did the right thing, but I had to do it.” He told NBC Connecticut that it was just the right thing to do.

And even though it’s surreal that he chose the unusual route, two lives were eternally changed, one thing is undeniable: he saved a life that day.

To hear the high school student describe what happened that day, watch the video below!

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