As humans, we are all programmed to respond to a situation in one of two ways: fight or flight. Of course, it’s impossible to predict how your body will react to a particular threat until you are faced with a situation that requires immediate action.
In those moments, your body experiences some peculiar sensations that encourage you to either stay and fight or run away in fear. It’s a defense mechanism that is automatically installed in our bodies at birth. Just like the iPhone has Siri, we have the fight-or-flight response.
Of course, the presence of fight-or-flight was more dominant in our ancestors, who had to always be on high alert for danger. Meanwhile, in modern society, the presence of the trait is a little less pronounced. But nonetheless, it still exists.
Every time your mouth becomes a little dry, or your palms begin to sweat, it is evidence that your fight-or-flight mechanisms are in full working order. It’s that buzz of adrenaline you feel after a high-risk activity, the glow you get from coming inches from death, the sensation you experience when you push your body to its absolute limit.
Essentially, it’s present in practically everything you do, whether you realize it or not.
One person who knows that better than most is 39-year-old Randy Thompson, a resident of Dixon, Illinois, who came to the rescue just at the right time when he spotted a driver having a seizure on a busy stretch of highway.
Without thinking, Thompson reacted with one of the most heroic actions ever caught on camera.
You really have to see it to believe it…
Seconds later, police arrive on the scene and call an ambulance for the struggling driver as Thompson sits in the passenger seat of the vehicle, no doubt feeling a surge of intense adrenaline.
According to The Washington Post, Thompson first spotted the car as it crept through a red traffic signal at a busy intersection. Aware that this was unusual behavior, Thompson’s basic instincts kicked in.
Throwing his truck in reverse, he halted it across the highway, blocking the lanes. He then abandoned the vehicle and ran at full pelt towards the stricken vehicle. In true James Bond style, he then leaps through the vehicle’s open passenger window.
“He had his arms up by his chest,” he told the Chicago Tribune.”I didn’t know if the guy was gonna push the gas, jerk the wheel or whatever, so I waited as long as I could to back up. Once he got about a half-car length away from me, I parked my truck at an angle and jumped out of my vehicle.”
“I was worried, but I would do that for anybody. It just happened to be I was at the right place at the right time,” he added, like the true hero that he is.
Meanwhile, the Dixon Police Department thanked Thompson for his “heroism” and thanked him “for coming to a complete stranger’s aid”.
It is unclear what happened to the struggling driver, although there is no doubt that Thompson’s heroic actions helped get the driver to safety.
Now that’s what you call a real fighting spirit!