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When Dianne Ritter was in a car accident earlier this month, Brock Torrance came to her aid. When she wanted to thank him she turned to Facebook.

On Oct. 5 Dianne Ritter was in an bad accident.

The Oswego resident was on her way to work, when at 7:59 a.m. at Douglas Road and Route 30 her Chevy Avalanche was struck by a car running a red light. Before police and paramedics could arrive, a fellow driver who witnessed the accident was at Ritter’s side, calming her down.

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Later that day, Ritter took to Facebook to try and find the man, who all she knew was named Brock, to thank him.

This is the message she posted on the Oswego Patch Facebook page:

"I'm writing this on your fb wall in hopes one certain person has fb and is a fan of your wall. I was involved In a accident this morning on route 30 and Douglas road. I wanted to get the name of the person who helped me to thank him. I only know his name is Brock. So Brock if you're reading this...THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I appreciate your help this morning."

Less than an hour later, with readers chiming in, Brock was found.

You're welcome Dianne! Glad you got away from that accident in one piece,” Brock Torrance of Montgomery wrote back.

Many other Facebook users wrote in, with comments like, “We need more Brocks in this world!” and “There's still plenty of good, generous people out there!”

Torrance for his part was just glad he was able to help where it was needed.

“That was my instinct,” Torrance said. “I wanted to make sure she was OK.”

He’d been sitting in his truck on his way to his job at Caterpillar when he saw the crash. Ritter had been making a left turn onto Route 30 when a car shot through a red light and smashed into the front end of Ritter’s car. 

Torrance said the driver side door was jammed shut, so he went over to the passenger side and opened it to ask if Ritter was OK.

“She was shaking really bad,” he said. “I grabbed her by her hand and got her to maneuver into the passenger seat. She was just shaking uncontrollably, but was trying to call someone on her phone.”

Torrance asked if she wanted him to call someone, and he ended up speaking to her boss and explaining the situation.

Ritter’s car, designed in Dallas Cowboys colors, was declared a total loss, but she credits it with the fact she was able to walk away from the accident.

“I plan on getting another Avalanche,” she said.

Torrance agreed, saying a smaller car would have meant a very different scene that morning.

“I’m still so overwhelmed about everything,” said Ritter. “There’s not a day that I don’t go towards that intersection that I don’t think of Brock and how much help he was, how controlled he was. There are not too many people out there who will help like he did. He is an amazing person."

Torrance said he was touched that Ritter had reached out to find him. “My wife and I were talking and we’ve seen all too often people not thanking people for anything. It was a very nice gesture.”

Torrance said it’s the “little things that make everything worth it” and always keeps that in mind when he’s going through his day.

“Things like saying thank you, or holding the door open. It make’s people’s day a little brighter," he said. “We’ve all been in those tough spots where we need somebody. If somebody’s in trouble, I want to be able to help them.”

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Nushie October 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Well written! Nice job Brock!
Leslie Green October 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Way to be Brock-not a big surprise though. I already thought you were funny; it's good to know you stepped up and helped out!
Kristen Bonie October 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM
These gestures do make an impact, and it is nice that we have social media to help us reach out to find people for things like this. I was in a serious accident on a country road on the way home from high school (oh so long ago..before everyone on the road had cell phones). Many high school students stopped at the scene, but were a little panicked. An older gentleman stopped to help. He calmed everyone down and assigned jobs for some to go to a house to call 911, some to go to our parents to inform them, one to come stay with me and keep me calm while I was trapped in the car...I never got to see his face or learn his name, but think about him all the time and have always wanted to thank him. My point being...these little acts of kindness matter and can affect people for over 20 years to come.
Marshall Lee October 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I wish more people could be like this. Psychologically speaking, people are less likely to help if there are others that could help, or if they don't know the person, or if helping endangers themselves. With all the aforementioned applying, I think that this is a man who is truly blessed and has a true caring for the good of humanity.
Joan Torrance October 27, 2012 at 03:23 AM
That's my Godson and I am very proud of him.He has a very kind heart.And is a wonderful Man.I Love you Brock

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