Saying Thank You To The Man That Saved His Life

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 25, 2007 at 1:17 AM EDT

On Christmas Eve, 19 year old Jeremy Truex of Susquehanna crashed his car here in Windsor. It wasn't until the next day that he was rescued from the wreckage off Route 79.
Last week we brought you Jeremy's story of recovery. He said he wanted to thank the man who noticed his car, and stopped at a nearby home to get help. We got a call from a person with the man's name.
Action News reporter Mike Trim arranged for the teen and good samaritan to meet.
A month after he nearly met death, 19 year old Jeremy Truex meets the man who saved his life, John Benson of Windsor.
"You look a lot better than the last time I saw you," said Benson.
It's a day Truex has been looking forward to.
"Amazing, really nice to know that there's people that go back," said Truex.
Benson and his family drove past Truex's crashed car in Windsor on Christmas day. He turned around for second look, and that's when he saw Truex slumped over the wheel. He told his wife to call 911, and with neighbors help, put blankets on Truex until emergency crews arrived.
"I just said to him, hang in there, you know, obviously somebody loves you somewhere. You've been tough all night, helps on the way," said Benson.
When state police arrived, Benson quickly left for a family Christmas gathering. He didn't know Truex wanted to meet and thank him until watching the teens recovery story on Action News.
"If it was one of our children, we'd want the opportunity to sincerely thank the person that found and helped us, so that's why we're here," said Benson.
Benson also says he feels like god had him cross paths with the accident for a reason. Truex's agrees, and sums up his meeting with Benson in two words.
"Just thankful," he said.
Thankful for the person who gave him a chance to see another day.
Truex was in a coma for two days after the accident. He had head injuries with a broken arm and leg.
According to Truex, doctors told him he's recovering at a remarkable pace.

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