Ron Nessman, former truck driver, believes this was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
A man is hailed as a hero for saving a baby boy after winds blew his stroller toward a busy road in California. The gusty winds blew the stroller with a baby boy outside a car wash on Hesperia Road on May 1, 2023. Security footage shows the baby's great-aunt unloading items from the backseat of her SUV when the stroller suddenly starts to roll backward. According to CBS News, she notices and bolts toward the stroller but trips and falls. She gets up again, only to fall once more. Just moments before hitting the traffic, a mysterious man dashes in from the side and grabs the stroller on its tracks. He strolled the baby back up the driveway as another person helped the injured woman stand up.
“Her knees were bleeding, and she was traumatized from falling and from the baby going into traffic,” good samaritan Ron Nessman told KTLA5. “I can only imagine what was going on in her head. It was heart-wrenching. She was crying, and she was in shock. I hope she is all right.” Nessman, a former truck driver, recently moved to Hesperia to reconnect with his family after a sudden loss sent him spiraling into homelessness. Nessman believes this was a case of being in the right place at the right time. "I wouldn't be able to live with myself I did nothing," said Nessman. "I'm just glad I realized it and was on it," as reported by CBS News.
He said he did not see anybody on the street who could save the baby. "I’m thankful I had enough time to get it before it went out to the traffic." Donna Gunderson, a spectator, who watched everything unfold during the terrifying scene, told NBC Los Angeles that the stroller was heading toward Bear Valley Road. "The cars do 50-55 and it was a busy time of day," she said. Nessman was finished with a job interview at a nearby Applebee's when he rushed into action to save the baby boy. "I knew I could get it and I got it and I'm thankful for that because I really wouldn't want to see the result if I wasn't there," he said.
"I decided to get right. If you want something different in your life, you do something different, and that's where I am at today. I thank my sister for helping me out. She's always been there for me," he said. Nessman noted that the baby was unharmed and smiling up at him when he grabbed the stroller. "She tried everything she possibly could to get up. Her knees were bleeding when I got up to her. She was still shocked and she was crying," he said. As reported by ABC7, he understands the distress of losing a loved one. "My girlfriend passed away in 2018," he mentioned. "It was sudden, and I didn't want to do anything."
On YouTube, people lauded Nessman for being a guardian angel and saving the baby from getting into the bustling traffic. "What an amazing man!! Someone give him a job and an award! A hero indeed!!" said @louise8752. "He was that child’s guardian Angel. I hope he got a job after people see this video!" added @Lilliancooks. "They should do a GoFundMe and bless the man for like a month to see what it gets. God bless both families," @frankievigil856. "Hero. Probably a supreme, but a hero no doubt," shared @nunyadambiznes675.