Montgomery Alabama firefighter Captain Robert Smith was pulled over on the side of the highway trying to reconnect his Bluetooth when a car pulled up behind him. WFSA reports that Navy veteran Walter J. Simmons approached Smith to ask for directions. The firefighter gave the man directions and the veteran returned to his car.
But when Simmons pulled away, Smith noticed that he wasn’t driving safely. Several cars had to swerve to avoid hitting him and he didn’t seem to even notice the other vehicles. So Smith got back on the road and quickly caught up with the veteran, motioning for him to pull over. Smith felt like something was off with Simmons, so he asked him if there was anyone he could call for him. The veteran connected him with his daughter, Diane Brown. “Captain Smith felt like my father was experiencing some sort of medical problem which was interfering with his ability to drive,” Brown says.
Simmons agreed to ride with Smith to the Montgomery VA hospital, a decision — it turns out — that likely saved not just his life, but possibly the lives of other drivers on the highway that day. Brown says that doctors discovered her father was suffering from some serious medical conditions. Smith was later recognized for his life-saving actions, but says he was just doing what he signed up for. “I feel great about possibly saving someone’s life,” Smith says. “I think that’s what we are supposed to do as firefighters. We are public servants.”