Hero of the Week: Tanya Washington

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

On September 19th, Tanya Washington was driving over the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons, Maryland, when she spotted a young man walking. She decided to turn around and check to make sure the man was okay. Since the bridge’s opening in December 1977, 21 people have jumped from the bridge and only six have survived.

When Tanya reached the man, she noticed he put his hand on the ledge and looked like he was planning to jump. So, Tanya parked the car in the middle of traffic and ran over to him, telling him not to jump because she couldn’t swim!

She asked him his name and introduced herself. She told him that we all need friends, and she wanted to be his and that she would treat him just like family. The man eventually came down from the bridge and gave Tanya a hug. The man was taken by local police to a hospital for evaluation.

Tanya said you never know what someone is going through. A kind word or gesture can make all the difference in someone’s life.

Learn more about this story as covered by Southern Maryland’s TheBayNet.com.

Kix’s Response:

Well, apparently, it did. Tanya was the right person in the right place to save that man’s life. Well done! And, we’re happy to recognize you, Tanya Washington of Maryland, as our ACC Hero!

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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