The tornado sirens were warning everyone to get indoors, but Gregory Beck was stuck outside, about a quarter mile from his house.
As KMOV4 reports, Beck lives in St. Louis, which is experiencing a series of storms and bad weather.
Beck lost both of his legs last year and is confined to a wheelchair. To make things more difficult, diabetes has also left him legally blind and unable to drive.
“I can’t see out of my right eye, and everything in my left eye is mainly a fog,” he explained.
In order to get to the grocery store, Beck has to push himself up and down a hill near his home. During his trip to the store on May 21, the tornado alarms started going off. Beck remembered:
“Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home.”
But it wasn’t easy. Beck began pushing himself toward home but was yelled and honked at as he tried to cross the street. He’d made it as far as a nearby gas station when a woman and her son pulled up and asked if he needed help. He told KMOV4:
“This lady and her son were hollering at me like, ‘Are you okay?’ Very lovely lady driving and her son. Just the greatest people and very concerned about other people, which America needs to start doing more of.”
In the car were Amber Gilleylen and her 16-year-old son, Seth Phillips. As soon as the teen understood Beck’s dilemma, he jumped out of the vehicle and started pushing Beck up the hill to his house.
It didn’t take the teen long to get Beck home — a bonus for Beck, who says it takes him “probably 20 to 25 minutes if I do it by myself” because he generally needs to stop and rest “about 10 times.”
Phillips told KMOV4 that he helped Beck for a simple reason:
“We need to be caring for each other and helping each other out.”
His mother later shared a video of Phillips pushing Beck up the hill. She said the teen didn’t complain about anything other than the fact that some people “would rather fly by and honk at a disabled person rather than to lend a hand.”
Beck says he’s thankful for the teen’s act of kindness. And there might be another kindness coming soon.
Gilleylen has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for an electric wheelchair for their new friend. She wrote that it’s her way of showing her son what can happen when people come together to make the world a better place.
The mom also hopes her son’s example will inspire others. As she told KMOV4:
“My hope is that other teenagers will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people. It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it.”