My Friend Saved My Life

July 6th, 2009

“My Friend Saved My Life. After a night of drinking at the bars on SLU’s campus I jumped into my car and proceeded to go back to my house in St. Charles. Before I could be on my way, however, I stopped at the nearest gas station to fill up my tank before I headed off on my 25 mile trek. I pulled into the CFM at Grand at Hwy 40 to do just that when I ran into one of my friends. I had not seen in sometime. He asked how I had been, what I did that night, and what I was about to do thereafter my stop at the gas station. Recognizing that I was not in the best shape to drive he attempted to convince me to just stay at his apartment which was only a block away. Adamant about going home I told him that I was fine to drive home. Then, he ran to his car and came back with the blue “How to Save a Life” wristband, and said “come on it’s not worth it.” That’s all it took for me. After he handed me the wristband I parked my car on the other side of the parking lot, jumped in his car, and spent the night on his couch. I don’t know exactly what would have happened if I drove home that night, but what I do know is that I am no longer willing to test it. His act of strength in my time of weakness saved my life whether he knows it or not. I don’t see him very often but when we do cross paths I always bring up the time he saved my life. Since that night I have often tried to replicate his actions and show the strength to others that he was able to show me that night. “