Trenton Mayor Steven Rzeppa said he read a story in the News-Herald about a stranger rushing to help a mother frantically trying to hold on to her 3-month-old daughter during a storm.
At the time, the man was not identified and the mayor remembers thinking how remarkable the situation was and could not imagine what the mother must have felt when the stranger grabbed her daughter, who did not was not strapped into a car seat pulled by the wind.
Within days, a follow-up story was published identifying the man as Curtis Murphy, and when Rzeppa found out he was a new resident of Trenton he said he was absolutely delighted.
The mayor began to think that the city should do something for him.
City officials follow through on this idea and publicly honor the Good Samaritan who quickly became the hero of the hometown of Trenton.
The mayor said Murphy will receive a certificate of appreciation at the Sept. 20, 7 p.m. meeting of Trenton City Council.
The recognition is in honor of the swift action he took on August 11 in the parking lot of a target in Woodhaven. He brought a woman’s baby to safety after recognizing that both mother and child were in distress.
The high winds were about to knock the unbelted baby into a car seat out of the mother’s hands.
“When I read the second story and she identified him as a new resident of Trenton, I thought it was a great way to welcome her,” Rzeppa said, thinking of a public presentation. .
He saw it as an opportunity to show everyone that there are great people in Trenton and to show Murphy how much his town appreciates him and what he has done.
He said Murphy was a good example of how some people go out of their way to help when needed.
Rzeppa arranged for Murphy to be contacted and confirmed he would attend the meeting.
“I haven’t met him yet, so I can’t wait,” Rzeppa said.
The mayor said it was a “heartwarming story” and he thinks it gives people a reason to trust each other a little more.
It was Flat Rock’s Samantha-Jo Ingram who was in distress in the store parking lot that day with baby Macelynn.
She said she struggled fiercely against the wind, holding onto the car seat with her fingertips when Murphy “came out of nowhere.”
She said Murphy didn’t even know the baby wasn’t strapped in the seat and could have fallen out anytime.
He managed to grab baby Macelynn and tied her securely to Ingram’s car.
Ingram had other children with her that day, and she said they were all crying as they watched her scream in fear for the baby’s safety.
During the ordeal, Ingram said she had to drop her basket containing the school supplies she had just purchased.
Murphy was able to retrieve this as well.
Once she and the children were secured, Murphy took off.
It wasn’t long before Ingram realized in the chaos of all that she had failed to come up with his name, and wasn’t even sure to thank him.
She took to social media to thank the “stranger” who came to her aid, saving her baby from possible death or serious injury.
Murphy’s wife Amanda saw his message and immediately realized that Ingram was looking for her husband.
The two families finally connected.
Although Murphy was already surprised at the attention he received, he and his wife were overjoyed to learn the city map.
Although she didn’t see him at the time, Murphy said he was actually parked right outside Ingram and that he and his wife watched his seizure unfold before their eyes.
Murphy said he instinctively rushed to help.
Ingram said her grip was slipping and couldn’t have held up any longer.
She said if Murphy hadn’t contacted her when he did, the result surely would have been a disaster.