Vague details from early news reports described a man running down the street after being stabbed in the neck. What unfolded next was both shocking and yet not at all surprising at the same time to this writer.
Early reports indicated that police and emergency crews were on the scene of a man being stabbed in the neck on Embassy Place in the Northland Apartment Complex, located in the Harrison Township section of Dayton Ohio.
A short time later, ABC-22 in Dayton updated the report to say that the victim was stabbed in the neck at his residence during a domestic dispute and had sustained a “life-threatening injury.” It was believed he had walked or ran about 200 yards and then collapsed right in front of an oncoming car. It was the next report that would leave this writer stunned and a teary-eyed at the same time.
Imagine watching a news report about a man who jumped out of his car to come to the man’s rescue as he is running, incoherent, refusing to stop and then collapsing. The man pulled a sheet from his car to try and stop the blood which he described as “shooting out of his neck.” The man stated that “my intention was to keep him alive as long as possible. Keep him calm.” Then imagine your surprise when the man who jumped out of the car is shown on TV-and you are looking at your own son!
Christopher Hicks stated that he was driving in the apartment complex and the man was running towards him and actually ran in front of his car. Chris saw that he was bleeding profusely from the neck and grabbed the sheet and held it to the wound from where the blood was gushing. He stated that the 18 year-old victim kept telling him that he was going to die. On camera, Chris explained that “I kept talking to him, trying to get him to focus on me.” He told the victim, “No you’re not going to die; you’re going to live!”
In the “Man Fights to Save Teen” FOX-45 video, Hicks said that he did not want any credit or to be considered a hero because he hopes that anyone else who was “put in the situation I was in this morning would do the same thing.”
Shiquan Tillman underwent surgery after being admitted through the emergency room of Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. His condition after surgery was not immediately known.
The suspect was identified by FOX-45 as 22 year old Lauren Gee. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail.
While Christopher Hicks may not want credit from the general public, a writer and a mother would like to give him credit; well done my son, well done!