Good Samaritan is man of his word


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Updated: 12/17/2012 1:26 pm Published: 12/14/2012 5:34 pm


When tragedy hits there are stories of heroism.

On December 1st, a family night turned into a near tragedy when their car burst into flames while watching Christmas lights in the Garden of Lights in Muskogee.

One of the Good Samaritan’s who rescued a woman isn’t done helping the family.

"My daddy raised me to do good," said Darren Thomas.

He is the son of a Pentecostal preacher who is keeping his word.

"I don't want any glory. I just told that lady I would buy her shoes," said Thomas.

The last time Darren saw the victims they were trapped in a burning car.

"We got you out of that car the other night?” said Thomas to Lucy Alford.

She is handicapped and cannot walk without a walker.

"I saw you crawling at the seat to get out,” said Thomas.

Alford said she terrified.

“I wanted out. I was scared,” said Alford.

He said she was strong and he did everything he could to save her.

"She kept saying, my shoes, my shoes. I said, babe that doesn't matter. I'll get you a pair of shoes,” said Thomas.

Mr. Thomas said he couldn’t forget that night and what Lucy endured.

"I got something for you. You said my shoes, I drug one shoe off you when I took you out of the car,” said Thomas.

So he bought her a pair of white New Balance tennis shoes.

Lucy wasn’t the only victim rescued by a group of Good Samaritans.

"I started seeing the smoke coming out of the hood. Then when I looked at Kathy, it was just a wall of fire," said Hope Sharp.

She was driving Katherine Patterson’s 2003 Lincoln Town car the night it burned.

"When they said get out of that car, I opened the door and it just hit me in my face,” said Katherine Patterson.

She is 93-years-old and is Lucy’s aunt. Mrs. Patterson has first-degree burns on her hands, legs, face and scalp.

Hope’s grandkids who are ages 12 and 11 were also in the car.

The daughter hurt her ankle and the boy had an asthma attack.

His Nintendo DX and the girl’s jacket were destroyed.

Their mother was there but not in the car the night of the fire. She a single mother of five children.

"She really couldn't afford to buy another one [jacket]. She had to save to buy this one," said Sharp.

Without any thought, Thomas pulled out a $100 bill from his wallet.

"Here you go get those kids coats,” said Thomas.

Mrs. Sharp said this will make their Christmas.

"Isn't he nice? He's Santa Clause without the beard," said Sharp. “If you spread it around, it comes back to you. That's what I believe."

The victims are thankful to be alive but are still traumatized. Thomas told them the car and other items can be replaced but their lives are irreplaceable.

“I am happy to live and let live,” said Alford.

Investigators do not know the cause of the fire and the car is a total loss.

Mrs. Patterson said she has not heard from the insurance company.

If you would like to help any of the victims you can e-mail the newsroom at news@fox23.com or FOX23 News reporter Abbie Alford at aalford@fox23.com

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