A photo of a University District Columbia of Law student named Amy Currotto with former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders recently went viral—because he saved her life!
Currotto was on her way to guitar lessons near the Capital Building when she heard someone call out to her.
She told People Magazine:
I was crossing the intersection and walking into oncoming traffic, which I didn’t see because I was really focused on mentally preparing for my lesson. And I just heard Bernie Sanders call out to me, ‘Ma’am! Ma’am! Get off the street!’
A Sanders’ fan, 26-year-old Currotto, told Business Insider she was in “complete awe,” and caught off-guard by the sight of 77-year-old Senator, causing her to be slow to react:
I did not immediately get off the street, even though there was a ton of oncoming traffic, because I was in awe to see him. He tried to continue to bring me onto the sidewalk and was like, ‘Ma’am, you’ve got to get off of the street! You’ve got to get off of the street!
She told People magazine:
I’m asking him, ‘Oh my goodness, are you Bernie Sanders?’ And he’s like, ‘Yes, get off the street!’
Currotto says that even though Sanders was “very, very kind” and quite “concerned” about her, she still felt embarrassed about the exchange:
I felt a little embarrassed because he seemed kind of concerned or agitated, but he ended up being really, really nice once I got off the street and onto the sidewalk.”
Once safely back on the sidewalk, Currotto requested a selfie the senator and he quickly obliged. As she told the DCist, “It was a pretty quick exchange.”
Which set off a wave of Bernie fever in the comments section of Currotto’s Facebook page:
Many see Bernie as a real life superhero:
— Yarnie (@TweetingYarnie) October 5, 2018
Afterward, she posted the pic to her Facebook account with the caption:
BERNIE SANDERS I KID YOU NOT STOPPED ME FROM GETTING HIT BY A CAR ON MY WAY TO MY GUITAR LESSON SO WE TOOK A SELFIE TOGETHER. ( he is also much taller than me so awkward picture ).
And there were important points to be made—like the fact that Currotto might not be alive today if Sander’s had won the primary and then the presidency:
Off to save America ! Human decency has no age limit …. pic.twitter.com/r4gICfh7ek
— JenniferV (@2cents4change) October 5, 2018
Had Currotto herself, not posted the photo and shared her story we might never have known, the DCist reports:
A representative of Sanders’ Senate office confirms that this exchange occurred, though noted that if staffers hadn’t seen it on social media, they never would have learned about it, because Sanders didn’t tell them. He doesn’t view it as a big deal.
This guy summed up what most folks were feeling about the Senator from Vermont’s nonchalance in saving a life . . .
In the less than 48 hours since the post went up it has received over 7,000 likes and nearly 4,000 shares. Says Currotto:
I had zero idea this would gain any kind of attention whatsoever.