Clerk Notices Woman In Car Mouth 'Help Me', Then Saves her Life

An Ohio convenience store clerk was working on Wednesday when a woman pulled up in front of the store. The clerk happened to look over at the woman, who mouthed 'help me' to him. He rushed out and saved the lady, who was suffering from breathing problems because of the oppressive heat.

This first week in July has been harsh for most Americans with a heat wave gripping the country. Over 90 million people have been under a heat advisory over the last few days. Dozens have died in the eastern U.S. and Canada over the past few days. Thankfully, one lady who could have become another statistic was saved by an observant clerk at a BP in Steubenville, Ohio.

Crystal Ault, an adult woman with emphysema, accidentally went out on the 4th of July without her inhaler. With temperatures reaching into triple digits, the woman went into distress under the oppressive heat. Without her inhaler, she was unable to breathe.

"I just mouthed the words 'help me,' and he saw me and he just literally went around the counter and ran out to me, just like that,” said Ault to WTOV.

Anthony Marks wasted no time in rushing to the woman's assistance. ""She pulled up when I was working at the window and she look distressed, so I ran out there and put her car in park and brought her inside,” he recalled. "What I thought was going on was that she couldn't breathe, and when I got out there, I was right. She couldn't breathe."

Marks helped the woman into the store and got her water. Marks, who also suffers from breathing issues, rushed to his nearby home to get one of his own inhalers, then came back to give it to Ault.

The clerk then drove the woman home, and walked back to work in the mid-day heat.

“He never left me the whole time," Ault says. "He's like a guardian angel -- a guardian angel! He was there at the right time."

Marks doesn't think of himself as a hero. he says he's just doing what people should do to help others in distress. "I just figured it was the right thing to do,” he told WTOV. “If it was one of my family members, I would want someone to do that for me, you know?"

Not as many have been as lucky in this heat wave that has settled upon the east coast like a blanket, CNN reports. One woman in Pennsylvania died on Saturday while working in her garden. She went into cardiac arrest, which is believed to have been brought on by the heat.

An athlete running a mountain trail race in Wilmington, New York collapsed. The 30-year-old was rushed to the hospital and the emergency room staff found his internal temperature had reached 108 degrees. The man survived, but sadly he suffered brain damage.

Health officials are warning people to stay indoors where there is air conditioning and stay hydrated to wait out the weather. People should avoid doing strenuous activities outdoors. Cars can reach deadly temperatures within minutes, so exercise caution. If you have any friends or family members who are elderly or suffering from illnesses, it is a good time to check in on them.

Source: AJC
Photos: WTOV Screenshots

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