Life can change in the blink of an eye. For Bridgette Ponson, one of those moments took place in the parking lot of her workplace, Layton Christian Academy. While she was in the parking lot, her 2-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl in tow, a car hit them. This left the mother and her toddlers trapped beneath the car.
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Thankfully, the driver wasn’t going very fast when she hit them. In that moment, she was blinded by the sun — this is the suspected cause of the accident. However, as soon as she did, she hopped out of the car to help. Plus, she wasn’t the only one who stopped what they were doing to save Bridgette and her kids.
Soon, Chris Crowder, associate pastor and CEO of the school, became aware of the accident. Without delay, he rallied together a group of students to help.
“It was split second,” Chris recalls. “I immediately just ran into the building because I knew I had to get a lot of people to lift this car. We have about 220 domestic kids and over 300 international kids at the school. They just heard me yell. All these kids from different countries just come running out and lift it up.”
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As shown above, a whole group of kids can be seen working together to life the car enough for mom and her kids to get free. Still, this wasn’t an easy task.
“The car was heavy,” says student Junior Saripsat. “We did our best, and the moment I heard the kids crying I was like, ‘Oh, thank God, the kids are good.'”
The 2-year-old was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital while the 3-year-old and mom were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Although Bridgette took the brunt of the injuries, all three of them are expected to make complete recoveries. A GoFundMe has been made to help the family with expenses.
“Thank you for your support of this amazing mother and her beautiful children as they heal from this tragic accident,” Keaton Speaks, creator of the GoFundMe page shares. “We also have the incredible husband and father, Andrew Ponson, in our prayers as he takes care of his family.”
In addition to being grateful for Bridgette and her toddlers’ expected recoveries, the heroic students who helped are also getting their well-deserved praise.
“I’m very proud of our kids and I’m even proud of the driver who was behind the wheel,” says Chris. “She immediately ran to help, she just was blinded. I was proud of everyone the kids just ran and without even having to tell them what to do they just knew what to do.”
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