A 60-year-old woman in Hesperia, northeast of Los Angeles, had just put her great-grandnephew in his stroller. She turned to grab something out of her car when a gust of wind pushed the stroller down a slight incline heading straight for a nearby road with traffic speeding by at 40 miles per hour.
Video of the harrowing moment shows the woman realizing that the stroller is rolling away toward traffic. She pivots to run after it, but immediately trips, falling hard to the ground. She tries to get back up, but falls again as the stroller gets dangerously close to the road. Then at the last moment, Ron Nessman saves the day. Running from out of the video’s frame and stopping the stroller just before it rolls into the busy road.
The former truck driver is grateful that he happened to be there at that exact moment and empathizes with the great-grandaunt, saying, "I got nephews and nieces and I couldn't imagine something like that." Nessman, who became homeless after he lost his wife, had just completed a job interview before his heroic act. "I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I did nothing," he says. He hopes the incident will serve as a teachable moment, reminding people to always double-check that stroller wheels are locked.
According to CBS News Ron received 5 job offers since the story broke.