WESTPORT, CT (RNN) - A Connecticut community is raising money for a former inmate who missed his job interview when he got off a public bus and helped a stranger whose car had overturned.
Aaron Tucker, seven days out of prison, saw the car smoking. The bus driver told Tucker that he had a route schedule to keep and was not going to help and would leave Tucker if he left the bus.
"The guy had a lot of blood coming from his head," Tucker told CBS News.
Tucker dragged the 61-year-old man away from the vehicle as it started to catch fire. Several other people came over to help Wednesday, and one brought a fire extinguisher.
Tucker used his shirt to stop the man's head from bleeding.
Tucker, 32, served nearly two years in prison on a weapons charge and has a 21-month-old son, the AP reported.
As of Saturday evening, a GoFundMe page set up for Tucker had raised $29,025 of a $35,000 goal.
The page was set up by Westport resident Karin Dale. "He's just a nice guy who wants to be a good dad for his son," Dale told WABC TV. "When he talks about his son, you can hear him beaming through the phone."
Tucker told WABC he will use some of the money to start a college fund for his son.
He has gotten other job offers.
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