Who was the Bucks County Good Samaritan?

April 2, 2009 4:16:56 PM PDT
The folks who live in Haycock in northern Bucks County would love it if a mysterious Good Samaritan would come forward and accept their thanks and admiration.82-year-old Chuck Peter of Haycock would love to know the identity of a mystery man who suddenly appeared to help douse the flames when his house caught fire Tuesday morning, then just as quickly disappeared.

"He passed by and seen smoke and he parked his little truck and he helped. Then all of a sudden, he just ran away," Chuck said.

When Chuck and his son Charlie realized a side room with a wood burning stove was ablaze, they grabbed buckets to try to control the flames until firefighters arrived.

Then, out of the blue, a stranger was there beside them helping to haul water out of a ditch near the house.

"He grabbed the one bucket and I grabbed the other bucket and we kept running and throwing because it was all burning up there. We kept throwing the water up there and he'd go back. We went back and forth," Chuck said.

But with all the commotion once firefighters arrived, the Good Samaritan vanished before Chuck could get his name or properly thank him.

"If it wasn't for him and me, fortunately still able to move around pretty good at my age and holding the fire back, this whole roof would be gone," Chuck said.

Chuck and his son, Charlie, hope some day the mystery man will stop again so they can say thanks.

"He needs a pat on the back and rewarding, something like that," Charlie said.

"Everybody thinks nobody cares anymore, but really they do care. People really do care," neighbor E.J. Moser said.

Chuck is a kidney dialysis patient who calls himself a religious man. He may not know his mystery helper's name, but says he thinks of him as a guardian angel who visited at just the right time.

"It restores your faith in human nature. There's a lot of swell people in the world," Chuck said.

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