Good Samaritan saves cancer patient nearly hit by truck

Rodney Ferreira


This story is courtesy of our sister station WPRI in Providence, RI.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River man is reaching out to a Good Samaritan to thank him for saving his life over the weekend.

The man is being hailed as a superhero, and much like those that don capes and masks – his identity is unknown.

According to the 911 call obtained by Eyewitness News, Rodney Ferreira was walking home early Sunday morning when he passed out near the corner of Dwelly and South Main Streets.

Ferreira told us he sat down on a snow bank to take a break and blacked out. The next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital, where he said they treated him for minor hypothermia.

Now, Ferreira is looking for a man he doesn’t remember seeing.

An email sent to Eyewitness News via ReportIt! provided more details about the incident. The man said he found Ferreira lying in the street when a truck started coming down the street.

South Main and Dwelly Streets, where Ferreira was nearly struck
South Main and Dwelly Streets, where Ferreira was nearly struck

All of a sudden, I saw a man come out of nowhere and pick up the man who was lying there and carried him to the side of the road, and saved him from getting hit. He was like a superhero!

“If he didn’t come, I don’t know what would have happened,” added Ferreira.

Ferreira is still donning the hospital bracelet two days after he was pulled from the street as a reminder of how he was saved. Although, he said he doesn’t need a piece of plastic to remind him of how lucky he is to be alive.

“I have stage 4 lung cancer, so it’s inoperable. The tumors are still there,” Ferreira explained. “I’ve been battling it for six years – they originally gave me 18 months. That gentleman, whoever he is…thank you.”

If you’re reading this and happen to be that man, Ferreira said he would like to get in contact with you.

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