There are some good Samaritans out there. Just ask Joyce Speaker of Barrington.
“My car broke down on 95 North last Wednesday at 8 am -- rush hour -- in front of the Broadway exit 21,” Speaker said. “I called the State Police and AAA, but in the meantime, a car had passed me – it ended up being a husband and wife from Barrington that recognized my license plate.”
“My car – a blue Volvo Cross Country wagon – is easily recognizable from the plate – JES, my initials.”
The couple was Michael Romano of 91 Fales Ave., a previous CVS Samaritan rescue worker, said Speaker, and his wife Lana, a former co-worker of mine at St. Andrew’s School and a friend of hers.
“Michael risked his life needless to say -- cars rushing past at 70 mph -- to come out of his car and get me into his waiting car behind me. A genuine Samaritan and rescue worker for sure!
Speaker said her car had an electrical problem – “so I could not even put my hazard lights on.”
“Michael was dropping off Lana at work in Providence,” he said. “After he dropped her off, he circled back and came up behind me -- got out of his car -- and came up and knocked on my driver's side window.”
“I was on my cell phone with the State Police,” she said. “He said: ‘Come on out to my car and I will take you to where you want to go’.”
He made the offer just as the AAA tow truck arrived and pulled in front of her car, Speaker said.
“I would like to thank Michael so much, for taking time out of his day, and basically risking his own life by pulling up behind me on the highway and getting out of his car, to see if he could help.
“We need more people like that in this world.”