This holiday is very special for one Santa Maria family, who against many odds are able to spend it with their father.
It was a knock on the door that Tiffany Glass was not expecting when she got dreadful news that her father was near death. He had suffered from a heartache.
“He was out for his afternoon walk, the second of the day, along the way he was passing by someone,
said a casual hi, and as they passed he just collapsed on to the ground,” said Glass.
It was that moment that the stranger went into action to help save Tiffany’s father, Danny Glass’s, life. The stranger began administrating CPR desperate to get Glass to began breathing. Someone passing by pulled over to help and also administered CPR while the other called an ambulance.
“You don’t see it today, very often, for people to stop to help each other. And they saved his life,” said a close family friend, James Burson.
Danny is a friendly Samaritan in Santa Mara. After working 30 years for Cal Tran Danny retired and took up taking long walks through his community to stay healthy.
He picks up cans and bottles he notices laying stray in the community and is a neighborhood staple residents enjoy seeing pass by. They even often saved their bottles and cans for him to recycle with the rest he finds.
“He’s definitely a man who has worked all of his life to better the community and his family,” said Burson.
But on that day it was his community that helped him. Tiffany doesn’t know who the two strangers are that saved her father’s life, but she has a message for them.
“I want to thank them, my whole family thanks them. It’s allotted us time with my dad we might not of had if they had not stopped and helped him. And we are just so grateful for that,” said Glass.
Danny is in intensive care recovering. Tiffany will spend Christmas Eve by his bedside at the hospital grateful for another day with her dad.