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Lawrence man honored for act of kindness

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 06:43:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- It takes a kind person to help someone in need, but it truly takes a hero to be there for someone that is beyond help. 

One week ago, a bicyclist was run down and left for dead in Lawrence, but a complete stranger made sure he did not die alone. 

On January 11, 54-year-old Mervin Smith was run over by 23-year-old Christopher Spells. 

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"He was probably very cold. It was snow-covered. And obviously he had been involved in a horrible accident, but he at least wasn't alone," Lawrence Chief of Police David Hofmann said. 

Smith didn't make it, but Brian Carter, a nurse on his way home, stopped anyway. 

"I just did what I was trained to do without even thinking," Canter said. 

Canter compassionately covered Smith with a blanket so he would not be cold, so he would not die alone. 

"I felt like that was the right thing to do. God forbid that ever happened to me I would hope somebody would treat me with the same respect," Canter said. 

Wednesday night, Lawrence gave Carter a Citizen's Commendation Award. 

For being the silver lining in a sad story, for being a good human. 

"I am honored, I'm truly honored," Carter said. 

Canter has been a nurse for 25 years now. He said he feels the career chose him, instead of him choosing it.


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