A 43-year-old construction worker says God put him and his fiancée in the right place at the right time, after they happened to drive past two unconscious parents in a parking lot and were able to help them.
According to Inside Edition, Eric Asher and his fiancée, Alexandria, also saved the couple’s young child, who was left in the backseat of the hot vehicle as her parents laid on the ground, after overdosing on heroin.
Asher posted photos of the scene on Facebook, with the caption:
Well Lord put us at the right place at the right time. Heroin overdose, baby trapped in car, me and my baby busted baby out. Waiting for help, what’s this world coming to.
Asher, who is a father himself, told Inside Edition that making sure the baby was safe was his main priority.
“We were driving down the road and I looked over to my right and I saw the male and female laying on the ground. We [later] saw that they were purple. The child was covered in sweat. We … gave the baby some water. That was our priority.”
However, when the images Asher posted went viral, he and Alexandria didn’t just receive a round of applause. According to Asher, they also received a lot of hate mail, even death threats.
He explained to Inside Edition that he didn’t post the images for glory, but rather to promote awareness around the current opioid crisis in the United States:
“The only reason we posted that picture was to bring awareness. I have family and friends dying like everybody does daily over this epidemic. We just wanted people to be aware of what was going on in our community. We did not expect it to go viral.”
Now, Asher is using the images and the attention they are receiving for good.
Since the pictures first went viral, Asher is now trying to use the situation to raise money for “Facing Addiction with NCADD”:
If I can have a minute of everybody’s time due to this post of me and my fiancé helping make sure baby and everyone was ok. The post was meant to open peoples eyes to the epidemic and never hesitate to help also not thinking it would go as far as it did. We are receiving threats people posting lies posting are family being called devils and we did it to be famous which is all bull crap. This is one of the reasons others would of walked or drove by we helped. On [the] plus side many addicts have messaged us saying because of this post they second guessed getting high and thanked us.
Asher continued on to say that even the two parents who overdosed on heroin reached out to thank them for “saving their daughter”:
We’ve had media, the people in posts, family and others also thanking us n wanted us go worldwide with interviews which we declined. I wish people would open their eyes and understand why we did what we did and ask yourselves what if we didn’t what that outcome would of been. Please share the hell out of this like the original. We didn’t or would never stage or make something as horrible as this up thanks everyone stay blessed and aware.
According to Inside Edition, the parents in the photo had been sober for two years. The photographs captured their “relapse.”
Both of the parents were arrested and charged with child endangerment and released on bond. The little girl is currently in the custody of one of their relatives.