An Illinois state trooper was the right man in the right place.
The vast majority of law enforcement officers choose their line of work because they want to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Call them romantics, if you will.
Unfortunately, not everything they do involves helping people. But it's a role they yearn to play.
Illinois State Trooper Brian Scott this week hit the jackpot in the helping department. By the luck of the draw, he was present at a scene of a snowstorm-induced traffic accident on I-57 near Rantoul that left a pedestrian pinned under a car. With help from two citizens on the scene, Scott was able to lift a 3,000-pound vehicle off the victim just long enough to allow him to be pulled out from under the car.
Ethan Asofsky, a 21-year-old University of Illinois student, required medical treatment but was treated and released from a local hospital. Suffice it to say, without the on-scene heroics, it could have been much worse.
Scott is no ordinary size man. He's a former UI football player who stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds. But the collective effort of Scott and the two others still was extraordinary.
In moments of extreme excitement, people sometimes find they have the strength to do what they might otherwise consider impossible. In this case, Scott relied on what all emergency services personnel do — training and determination to get a job done.
Congratulations to Officer Scott for his heroics. He's emblematic of the effort emergency services workers routinely make when events like last week's heavy snowstorm occur.