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One neighbor saved a young girl’s life when a place she considered the safest was compromised.

The safest places in the world, including your own home, can be dangerous, sometimes due to unexpected circumstances. For one family in Salem, New Hampshire, an unforeseen danger almost cost the life of a five-year-old girl, until a heroic stranger stepped in.

An almost deadly crash

Scott Demers of Salem, New Hampshire, was minding his own business fixing sprinklers in the neighborhood when he heard a loud crash one afternoon. Suddenly, he saw that a speeding car had smashed through a home. He heard the blood-curdling scream of a distressed father and acted quickly, without thinking. A man, presumed to be the father of the house, was screaming for help for his daughter, who had been severely injured in the crash. Scott, who has no medical training whatsoever, realized that there was blood squirting from the girl’s neck– meaning that she was still alive.

The father came out of the house screaming that he just killed my little girl. I saw the blood squirting out of her neck, so I knew she was still with us.

Scott Demers

An amazing rescue

As soon as Scott realized that the little girl was still breathing, he took off his shirt and used it to apply pressure to her neck wound. When the paramedics showed up to help, they confirmed that Scott had done the right thing and told him to continue to apply pressure until someone could take over.

It was like a war zone. It was chaos, everywhere.

Scott Demers

The young girl, whose name was Giuliana Tutrone, was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The man who smashed into the Tutrone house was 37-year-old Scott Dowd, who had been driving while drunk. Luckily, his criminal negligence was not deadly, and Giuliana was left only with a broken jaw and facial cuts. Her father, Joseph Tutrone, was thankful for those around him who jumped into action as he was in severe shock when it happened and wasn’t able to take any action himself.

I don’t have the most inviting appearance sometimes. Heroes don’t always wear capes, I guess.

Scott Demers

A good neighbor 

The 5-year-old returned to her home from the hospital in mid 2021 and though it is a long road, she is expected to make a full recovery.

Scott Demers was relieved and grateful that the little girl survived the accident. Even though he was seen as “rough around the edges,” in the neighbourhood, his actions showed that he is an amazing man who is willing to put himself in harm’s way to help an innocent stranger, even without thinking about the repercussions. It is a lesson for us all to never judge a book by its cover.

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“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley