In the summer of 2013, Ms. Leigh-Ann Carruthers went out of her way to come to the aid of a distressed stranger. Ms. Carruthers and her husband were crossing Mill Creek Bridge on their motorcycles when they spotted a man standing on the outside of the railing. Despite heavy traffic, she and her husband immediately stopped.
When Ms. Carruthers decided to assist this man, she did not know his mental state, nor did she know that he had just been in a verbal, physical, and emotional fight that resulted in severe knife wounds to his arms. Ms. Carruthers engaged him in conversation and consoled him by rubbing his blood-covered arm until police arrived. The distraught male refused to speak with the officers, and chose only to speak with Ms. Carruthers who showed extreme compassion. He even asked her to call his friend, which she did. At one point the man let go of the railing, but Ms. Carruthers and responding officers were able to grab him and pull him to safety. Ms. Carruthers even stayed with him until medical assistance arrived.
Throughout this incident Ms. Carruthers disregarded her own safety and focused on the safety of a man she had never met. According to officers at the scene, “this was a clear example of courage and compassion for a person in need. Ms. Carruthers took immediate action and saved a life that day.”