Sometimes, our heroes on the big screen are actually heroes in real life — and Harrison Ford is one of them. The actor made a name for himself playing two of pop culture's most beloved do-gooders, Indiana Jones and Han Solo, and he's just cemented his reputation as a good samaritan, helping a motorist in need.
Harrison Ford Just Helped Rescue A Woman Who Drove Off The Road
On Sunday, November 19, an unidentified woman driving on State Route 126 in California, steered off the highway into an embankment. According to witnesses, #HarrisonFord was driving right behind her. Upon seeing the accident, the Blade Runner: 2049 star pulled up, got out of his car, and ran to the rescue alongside other civilians.
Together, they were able to pull the woman out of the vehicle before first responders arrived. Thankfully, the quick rescue efforts of everyone in the highway paid off, because the woman was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries. According to ABC News, Ford's representatives had no comment about the situation.
This isn't the first time Ford has been a real-life hero. In July of 2000, two hikers were stranded from dehydration near California's Table Mountain. They moved to an area where a rescuer could find them. To their surprise, it was Ford who came for them, in his Bell 407 helicopter. According to the local sheriff, the actor offered his services for rescue missions in light of the $1,000 fee that it would take to hire a private pilot.
(Once inside the aircraft, one of the hikers needed to puke, and Ford graciously offered his cap to her.)
That anecdote isn't the end of Ford's heroic resumé. In 2001, 13-year-old Boy Scout member Cody Clawson went missing near Yellowstone National Park for more than 18 hours. After spending a night inside a cave, the boy heard helicopters flying above him, and he used his belt buckle to reflect sunlight and point his rescuers to his location. The pilots landed, and Clawson discovered that one of them was Harrison Ford.
Interviewed by ABC in 2015, more than a dozen years after the incident, Clawson detailed the awesome moment when he realized that #HanSolo himself had come to his aid:
"He said, 'Good morning,' and I recognized [his voice] because he said it just like he did in 'Star Wars' [...] He asked how I was doing and said, 'You certainly should have earned a merit badge for this.'"
As a massive Star Wars nerd, I imagine being rescued by Ford has got to be one of the best experiences ever. Please, stay awesome, Mr. Ford.
While the actor stepped away from the Star Wars franchise after Han Solo's death in #TheForceAwakens, he's set to return to the big screen as Indiana Jones with the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, which is slated for release on July 10, 2020.