Thomas Stolee wasn’t wearing a suit of shining armor while out for his regular jog on Easter morning, but he certainly performed a gallant rescue of a lady in distress.
The University Of Minnesota freshman initially noticed a 24-year-old woman standing at the rail of a bridge looking upset.
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“I stopped and tried to talk to her. I said, ‘Can I help you?’ And she said, ‘Get away from me,’ ” Stolee told Twin Cities.
After heeding her warning and maintaining a respectable distance, Stolee struck up a conversation and engaged her for the next 20-30 minutes. While other pedestrians walked past the duo, none of them stopped to take notice of the situation even though the woman was now straddling the bridge rail.
Finally, 19-year-old Stolee caught the eyes of a passing couple in time to mouth ‘help’ so they could call the campus police.
Still standing about four feet away, the woman started to swing her second leg over the rail, and Thomas saw his chance. He grabbed her in a bear hug and pulled her to safety.
The kind-hearted student reportedly had a difficult time processing what had happened, but his family and peers said that the ordeal was nothing but a perfect example of the youth’s compassionate nature.
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