My Dad, the hero and dummy

Chin & Ren Married 37 Years

As a traffic anchor I know the dangers of sunglare which is why I often remind viewers to “bring the shades” when my camera shots are turning up hot. Today my dad Ren was with the infamous Chin headed to a medical appt when he witnessed a woman who couldn’t see the light go through a busy Fairfax Co. intersection at 40-50 mph. He knew it was gonna be bad … and CRASH…. a truck, another car and the woman’s vehicle collided sending her into what appeared to be a never ending spin out.Ren quickly pulled aside after watching smoke engulf the car. He noticed the woman could not get out. He couldn’t get her driver’s door open and pulled SO hard he ripped the handle off the door (insert gun show here). He finally managed to get open the back door where he pulled the lady through carefully as she talked him through where she was feeling pain. Dad said Fairfax Co was there in a jiffy…as was EMS and they kept the woman laid out in the back of his Honda Odyssey til they could take her to the hospital.

I say dad’s a hero.Back Then
Ask Chin and she says “He’s a dummy”
(she declined to go on camera for another ‘ask chin’)

Now it’s not that Chin isn’t compassionate… but as a wife who dearly loves her husband she was in fear. She followed with “What if the car blew up?” I can understand that. Ren responded “I wasn’t even thinking about it.”

In news, I’ve covered a share of tragedies, near tragedies and tales of inspiration. The truth is you NEVER know how you’re gonna react until you’re put in a real game-time-decision role. We’ve seen the horrific stories of the man hit by a car and no one stopping to help. Or the teen who’s being repeatedly raped in front a crowd… and no one speaks out.

I just wanted to share a story that reminds me how lucky we are to have real heroes in our everyday lives. I urge you to take time today to thank or send a note to those you know would do anything for you… or a perfect stranger.

Related: How Chin Stays in Shape, Hawaii Chair
Video: Why didn’t anyone help this hit & run victim

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5 Responses to “My Dad, the hero and dummy”

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  2. Emily says:

    Hip Hip HOORAY!!!!! Your Dad IS a hero! How lucky we are to have people like Ren. Seriously, this should be a great lesson to all of us! And, just for the record, you don’t have to be wearing camouflage to be a hero! Go Ren! You rock! 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    Kudos to your daddy. From someone who grew up in Hartford CT that video does not surprise me. Park Ave. Hartford. Too busy selling drugs and abusing the welfare system. That’s why. Shocking video. Not shocking about the kinds of people that are ruining the city.

  4. Aww, I agree: he IS a hero!! Ren=Awesome.

  5. Patty Rowland says:

    way to go ren…i know 1st hand the dangers of sun glare…i had a car accident last february that ended with a fatality and i’m still dealing with it’s aftermath.

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