“I’m pretty proud to be his son.”
Everyone who is married or has kids knows this situation well. Someone in the house needs a treat, so you put on your shoes and make that late night run to the grocery store.
Ty Zerby recently made a trip like this. He started out to pick up some candy, but in the process he saved a life.
Zerby, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, made a stop at his local Meijer. He picked up some gummy bears and other treats and was headed back to his car and then home.
That’s when he heard it. He wasn’t sure at first what he was hearing, but then the sound registered – a woman was screaming.
Zerby headed toward the direction of the screams. What he encountered was an awful sight.
As he told WOOD-TV, “It looked like the guy was punching her. I didn’t realize what was going on. It was a scary deal, just so scary, man.”
A man had bound a woman with duct tape and had thrown her into the front seat of a car. He was physically assaulting her as Zerby approached.
Without hesitation, Zerby grabbed the man and tried to pull him off of the woman. As he did, he could better understand the woman.
She wasn’t just yelling, she was trying to communicate. Listening, he quickly discovered she was screaming, “He’s stabbing me.”
Zerby worked to contain the man, and in doing so, he was hit in the face with a hammer, which damaged his teeth. The attacker got up but a determined Zerby continued fighting.
Unfortunately, the man squirmed away and took off. Zerby gave chase but the man was “fast” so Zerby went back to help the victim instead.
He helped slow the woman’s bleeding, using a makeshift tourniquet on her leg until help could arrive. Thanks to his quick thinking and brave actions, she is expected to make a full recovery.
The hero stated that she felt compelled to help the woman: “I feel like God said ‘you could help.’ And I’ve been helped, so much, man. I’ve been helped so much in my life.” What a way to pay it forward!
“I’m pretty proud to be his son,” 9-year-old Brennan Zerby said with a catch in his voice.
The story doesn’t end there, though. Surveillance footage picked up a pretty good picture of the attacker.
Five days after the attack, Victor Gonzalez, who was identified as the woman’s attacker, was running from the police. During the ensuing chase, he was shot.
His injuries were initially serious, but a few days later he appeared in court for a variety of charges related to the assault. If he’s convicted, he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail.
The actions of Ty Zerby were selfless and heroic in every sense. We may not have the opportunity to do something so broadly heroic, but what small acts can we do today that can make a difference in someone’s life?