The Nation: Lost Samaritan

On Feb. 12, 1973, a pickup truck traveling on an Alabama highway at high speed went round a curve, spun out of control, and turned over into a ditch. The driver, Kenneth R. Barton, lay helpless, bleeding from an artery. State Trooper Kenyon M. Lassiter happened by in his patrol car and quickly applied a tourniquet. He eventually got Barton safely to a hospital, and was credited with saving his life.

Not long ago, Trooper Lassiter stood by the side of a car he had stopped and was writing the driver a ticket when a pickup truck swerved across the road, struck...

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