Stranger arranges $900 taxi for distraught daughter trying to reach home to meet dying father

Oct 13, 2018

Kindhearted people are everywhere, and more often than not, they are willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, just like the case of one airman in Ohio who received generous help from a stranger.

On April 2, Brittany Bunker, who serves in the United States Air Force, was told by her family members that her father’s health was on the decline and that he was expected to survive for only a few days.

“I talked to my leadership that night, and the next day, was able to take emergency leave and fly out,” Bunker wrote in her Facebook post. “I was scheduled for 4 flights that would get me home around midnight.”

Posted by Brittany Bunker on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

“My first flight took off late, causing me to miss my next flight,” Bunker said. “I was freaking out, but the flight attendant told me there was one more flight going to where I needed to be.”

Before Bunker boarded her second flight, a stranger named Tim Gerdeman came up to her after spotting the service dog with her and told her he had served in the National Guard, with pictures of his dog as evidence. During the conversation, Bunker came to know he grew up in the same place as she did.

During the second flight, she found out that her last flight was cancelled, and when she landed at O’Hare at around 9:30 p.m., she was frantically talking to her family to figure out how to reach home in time. Her family said they would drive five hours to come get her home, while two flight attendants updated her that there was a next flight at 11:30 p.m that she could board.

At that moment, Gerdeman came over and offered to pay for a driver to bring her home.

UPDATE: I have received this mans contact info and am appreciative of everyone who has sent it to me. He did this act…

Posted by Brittany Bunker on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“I was apprehensive at first, but he showed the receipts to the flight attendants and when the driver arrived, he sent them a picture of the car, the license plate, and the driver,” Bunker wrote. “Before I left, he said all he wanted in return was for me to let him know I made it home.”

Eventually, with the selfless help from a stranger, Bunker reached home safely at 3 a.m. on April 4.

“Thanks to this man’s selflessness, I was able to make it home and say goodbye to my father before he passed a day later on the morning of April 5,” Bunker wrote on her post that went viral on social media. Many people praised Gerdeman’s kind gesture.

©Facebook | Brittany Bunker

Bunker said: “There really are good people in this world, and I will never be able to thank him enough for what he did. But I hope that one day I will be able to pay it forward to someone in need like it was done for me.”

Later on, Gerdeman told NBC 5 that he helped Bunker out of respect for active military personnel.

“My patriotic gesture of kindness was focused solely on helping someone facing an extremely difficult personal situation while simultaneously protecting our country,” said Gerdeman.

 

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