Sunday, September 02, 2007
Here's a story from News Of The Weird.
A fiery auto crash in July near Augusta, Ga., had killed the driver and would likely kill the passenger, too, if the fire were not immediately smothered. Firefighters were still minutes away, but passing by was a pump truck from a local plumbing company, whose quick-thinking driver extinguished the flames with 1,500 gallons of raw sewage from a septic tank-cleaning job he had just finished. [WJBF-TV (Augusta), 7-9-07]
On its own this is a pretty groovy, if bizarre tale, but I have to wonder if 'quick-thinking' is really an apt description of the driver. Imagine your job is to pump sewage out of various receptacles, drive it to a storage facility, and then dump it there. There probably isn't a lot of thinking to do once the initial 'don't put your finger in your mouth if you hit it with the pipe wrench' cogitation is done. So you're driving along with a truck full of shit day in and day out, and you start to wonder just how to put a positive spin on your life. It doesn't seem too far of a stretch to imagine that the driver pictured putting out a car fire with his load, and thus becoming a hero, at least once or twice a day. This doesn't diminish the fact that he saved some one's life, but it does give one pause.
Happy Sunday, y'all.