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March 22, 2013

Are you a Good Samaritan?

OnStarGoodSamaritan02There's nothing like that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you do a good deed for a stranger. Random acts of kindness, or "paying it forward" are great ways to do good for others in our busy world. Even without the concept of Karma, it just feels good to do good.

Have you ever stopped to help a stranded vehicle, or phoned in an accident to local responders? OnStar has created a Good Samaritan recognition program to recognize motorists who go above and beyond to assist others. Recently, in honor of National Good Samaritan Day, it named Tyler Andrews – a Dallas resident who took the time to “pay it forward” with a big-hearted act of kindness – its 2012 OnStar Good Samaritan of the Year.

Good Samaritan Involvement Day is celebrated each year on March 13th in the United States and commemorates the anniversary of the 1964 death of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, who was murdered in New York while multiple bystanders did nothing to answer her cries for help. 

In this case, Andrews was once the victim of a serious hit-and-run accident in 2008 who experienced firsthand the life-saving abilities of OnStar. Andrews used his OnStar service to help when he came to the aid of an unresponsive man -- along with his wife and three daughters -- whose vehicle was stopped in the middle of an expressway entrance ramp. “I pushed my OnStar button the second I came upon the scene,” said Andrews. “OnStar stayed with us the entire time, giving us instructions and helping us to remain calm.” Following medical instructions provided by an OnStar advisor, Andrews helped revive the motorist and kept the family calm until help arrived.

In the photo, OnStar Director of Subscriber Services Neelie O'Connor (left) and OnStar Emergency Services Outreach Leader Sherry LeVeque pose with Andrews as he received the award. (Photo by John F. Martin for OnStar)

“I’ve been in that family’s shoes,” said Andrews. “I honestly feel OnStar was my guardian angel on the night of my accident. I am grateful OnStar was there for me and that I could give the power of its service to someone else.”


When has the kindness of strangers helped you out of a bind? Please feel free to share your experiences with Good Samaritans with other AskPatty readers in the comments below.





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