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Christopher Manacci, as Good Samaritan, Helps Same Man Eight Years Later

Clinical director of the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing prevents tragedy by assisting fellow motorist with a flat tire

Posted 9/11/12

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Gerald Gronowski may owe his life to the intervention of a good Samaritan, the same one who helped him once before eight years ago.

Saturday night, Christopher Manacci of Chagrin Falls stopped to help Gronowski, whose van was pulled off on Washington Street with a flat tire. Moments after Manacci parked his 2006 Lexus behind Gronowski's van, which was pulling a boat on a trailer, a pickup rammed Manacci's car and then skidded on two wheels past the two men and Gronowski's son, missing them by 3 feet.

The State Highway Patrol charged the driver of the truck, Joseph Pawlowski of Burton, with drunken driving. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

"It's nice to know that there are Good Samaritans out there," said Lt. Mark Neff. "His actions probably saved those people's lives."

After the men stopped shaking over the close escape, Gronowski, of Parma, reminisced about another Good Samaritan who helped him years ago.

"I told the story about how I was fishing and I got a triple hook embedded deep into my hand," Gronowski said in an interview. "I was in a lot of pain and my son asked if anyone was a doctor and this guy paddles up in a kayak. He was a nurse practitioner and he surgically removed the hook from my hand. Chris looked at me and said, 'That was me.' "

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Source: The Plain Dealer and FOX 8 Cleveland

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