Skippy, Hometown Hero

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Skippy and I were on our way home, we had been loading tile, all day. In our family business, we do tile roofing. When we came up on an accident, on the highway. There were already, rescuers, police and firemen on the scene.

At that time, Skippy was taking an, EMT class at Vo Tech. Well he insisted that we stop, I wasn't sure about it, for I didn't want to be in the way of things. But, I stopped and Skippy jumped right out of the truck. He went right up there, before I could even say a word.

I sat in the truck waiting, for I figured he'd be right back. Finally a firemen came to the truck to tell me that, my son would be just a little longer. Just as soon as they could get the woman, transported, then he'd like to talk to me.

So, I waited, wondering what he wanted to talk to me about. When the firemen, a police officer and Skippy came back. They said I'd like to commend you, you have a very kind and caring, young man there. I said I know, thank you.

They proceeded to tell me that Skippy was the only one that could keep the lady calm, so they could work on her. I was so proud of him!!!! My heart just swelled!!!

As we pulled away, Skippy told me thanks for stopping. I looked at My Son, who had a smile on his face, and blood on his shirt.

I told him, I'm glad you insisted I stop, I'm so proud of you!!!! That is a wonderful thing you did for that lady, Skippy!!! I told him I could probably get the blood out of his shirt, he said nah, no problem.

When we got home, it was all I could do to let him tell his story, for it was his to tell. Although I told it my share too!!! He asked, Momma can I have a beer with you? I said sure, lets share a beer together, we've had a long day!! We just laughed, we did have a lot of days of laughter, I'm so very glad we did!!!!

Skip Preston Umstead
He was Born on 9/19/80
~The bells Rang and He Took His Angel Wings on 12/13/99
By his mom, Candy

Candy, Skippy's Mom