Life
High schooler hits the brakes when he sees crossing guard motionless on the ground
Dylan was taking a different route than usual when he spotted a school crossing guard in desperate need of help.
Patricia Lynn
05.23.22

You never know when you’re going to be in the right place at the right time. But even more – it’s about doing the right thing as well.

We’ll blame it on fate or luck, but we often forget that moments are not defined by circumstances, but by how we rise to meet them.

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A 17-year-old from Middletown, Connecticut found himself in a serendipitous situation one afternoon. He didn’t know it at the time, but he was about to be hailed a hero for saving the life of a crossing guard.

Dylan Sassu, a high school junior, was on his way to his wrestling practice when he reached a busy intersection of Russel Street and Ridge Road.

That’s when he saw a figure on the pavement, lying face down.

Realizing that it was a person, Sassu immediately pulled over and jumped out of his car.

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“I knew something was wrong right away because she was face down on the ground and it didn’t seem like she was moving or conscious. So pulled over my car over here and I jumped right out,” Sassu recalled to WFSB.

The middle school crossing guard, according to him, was not breathing well.

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She was wheezing and was gasping for air.

Sassu knew that she was not okay.

He immediately called 911 and stayed on the scene as they waited for the ambulance to arrive. All the while he was asking the crossing guard to breathe in through her nose then out through her mouth. He was also asking her questions to keep her alert and conscious. Simple questions like if she was in pain, or when her birthday was. He even offered to call her daughter for her.

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The crossing guard was named Catherine Russo. According to her, she had tripped and lost consciousness.

And her situation could’ve gone much worse if the teen was not in the right place at the right time.

Strangely, however, the road where Sassu saw Russo was not a route he typically takes. He explained that he was coming from a friend’s house down that road and doesn’t usually come up that route. That day he just did.

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In addition to being in the right place at the right time, the high schooler also did the right thing.

“He’s my hero. It’s hard to even explain to him how he saved me, how he helped me and was there for me,” said Russo told NBC Connecticut.

Russo was left with a broken nose. She also had a lot of scratches and bruises but other than that, she’s okay.

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If it was fate or luck, no one seems interested to find out. Sassu was just thankful because his CPR and first aid training kicked in even if he never imagined himself being in a situation where he actually had to use it.

In the end, the teen was relieved that things panned out as well as he hoped.

He was given the Good Samaritan Award by the Middleton Board of Education for his actions. The inscription on his award says that it was a reminder for all that we must help those in need, most especially during times of crisis.

“It just feels weird to take pride in it. I know I did the right thing, but it was just something that had to be done. It was the right thing to do,” Sassu said to NBC Connecticut.

It’s hard to believe that by taking a different route, one teen ended up in a situation where a person’s life needed saving. One thing’s for sure though – he’s a true hero.

Click on the video below to hear Dylan Sassu share details from that unforgettable day!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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