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Hero 16-Year-Old Saves Disabled Stranger In Wheelchair From Tornado

By - 28th May 2019

Count yourself lucky if you have never heard a tornado siren. There are few things scarier. You know that a tornado is coming and you are powerless to stop it. The only thing you can do is call your loved ones and get them to safety. But, this hero 16-year-old spotted a man in a wheelchair also trying to escape. What he did for the stranger will warm your heart.

One week ago, Gregory Beck of St. John, Missouri was out shopping when the sirens sounded. “Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home,” he said. They were right to be worried.

But Beck had a more difficult journey ahead of him than most. He had lost both his legs in the last year, and due to diabetes complications was registered blind. He started wheeling himself home but wasn’t hopeful about the incoming dire weather.

hero 16-year-old saves disabled stranger in tornado

However, luckily for him, a hero 16-year-old stepped in. Seth Phillips and his mom Amber Gilleylen had also been shopping when they spotted Beck struggling with his chair.

“He was just all by himself and alone and everybody was just driving by, cussing at him and honking at him and just yelling ignorant things towards him and that wasn’t right,” said Phillips. That’s when he asked his mom to pull over.

hero 16-year-old saves disabled stranger in tornado

“This lady and her son were hollering at me like ‘are you okay?'” said Beck. “Very lovely lady driving and her son. Just the greatest people and very concerned about other people, which America needs to start doing more of.”

Phillips then hopped out of the car and pushed Beck home in plenty of time. The quarter-mile trip would have usually taken him 25 minutes with 10 rest stops, but he was home in a fraction of the time.

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Phillips was humble about his heroic actions that may have saved a life. his only complaint was that “we live in a world where people would rather fly by and honk at a disabled person than to lend a hand.”

His mom is very proud of his actions though. “My hope is that other teenagers will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people. It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it.”

hero 16-year-old saves disabled stranger in tornado

Seth Phillips now calls Gregory Beck a friend, and the pair have stayed in touch. What a moving story. Let us know what you thought in the comments, and share with your family and friends. You can check out similar stories on Happiest.