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Michael Schiotis--1 of many heroes

I know this is a football blog, and I know this isn't a football related post. But sometimes, it helps to be reminded that there is always good in this world. One example of this, is a truck driver named Michael Schiotis.

Schiotis was near Scranton, Pennsylvania, driving his truck, pulling a trailer of restaurant equipment. The traffic wasn't thick, so he was cruising along. Schiotis was a seasoned truck driver, and when the traffic started getting thicker, he thought it was a wreck. After Schiotis got passed the blockage, he made a startling discovery. There were two people, an older man and a younger woman, and the man was holding a gun. The woman had blood pouring off of her face. The woman started running for his truck. When Schiotis saw the gun, he was scared for his life, and at the point, he considered leaving the scene, and leaving the woman to die. But the hero side of Schiotis kicked in, and he pulled the truck over and slammed on the brakes. The woman ran up to the passenger side of his truck, and tried to get into the truck, while screaming how she was going to be killed. A cooler was blocking the entrance though, so the woman couldn't get in the truck. The woman, Anna Trently who was 41, ran around to the back of the truck. Schiotis, determined to save the woman, prayed a quick prayer and jumped out of his truck. Schiotis ran back to where the woman was, and grabbed her by the arm. The older man turned out to be her ex-boyfriend, Elvino Cagnardi--64 years old. Cagnardi had hit Trently over and over again, and had already shot at her three times.

Schiotis pulled the lady towards the driver's side of his truck. Everytime Cagnardi tried to get a clear shot at the lady, Schiotis would rotate and put his body in front of Trently, risking his own life. They got to the drivers side of the truck, and Trently got up inside. Schiotis tried to get Cagnardi to put the gun down and to leave. Cagnardi wouldn't listen, and he kept coming up towards the cab of the truck. Schiotis jumped into the truck, and Schiotis floored the gas. Anna Trently was screaming how she was going to die. Schiotis comforted Trently and told her she was going to O.K. Schiotis dialed 911, and alerted the police. Schiotis and Trently weren't out of danger just yet. Cagnardi started following the truck in his Nissan Altima, and was still trying to get a clear shot at Trently. Schiotis warned other truckers in front of him that he was swerving around, trying to get Cagnardi off of his tail. One trucker responded, and told Schiotis that he would be waiting for him up ahead.

The trucker planned to pull out and block the road after Schiotis got passed him. It worked. Cagnardi was blocked off. The trucker stayed right where he was at, until the police officers could get there and arrest Cagnardi.

Trently was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises. Unfortunately, she had a miscarriage, due to beating and the stress of that day. Schiotis was able to save the lady, and stop two deaths from happening.

Schiotis thanks God for protecting them.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors.</em>

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