A former Marine passed away early on Sunday morning after pulling over on I-95 to help a stranger in distress.
According to tragic reports, Tim Ebert was carpooling to his job as an air traffic controller at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport when he saw another driver stranded and in need of help.
Without thinking twice Tim, a father of three, lent assistance. He was then sadly hit by a truck on his way back to his own vehicle.
Tim’s friend Jack Doyle said he was woken up at 7 a.m. by a phone call delivering news of the incident.
“It’s such a tragic event, this guy was on his way into work, just doing the normal day routine, and happens to encounter somebody on the side of the road that needed help. And Tim got killed for doing that,” Doyle said.
“We utilized him a lot in conflict resolution at work because he was such a nice, likeable guy.”
Tim served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years, as well as serving as a Gunnery Sergeant at Air Station Beaufort.
“If I needed something answered, if I had a question, then he was probably my go-to guy,” Doyle said. “Genuine, and I can ask him anything.”
He continued: “He was a highly successful individual that we knew was going to keep the flying public safe, that we knew he was going to be looking out for the hardball characteristics on landing.
“It’s absolutely shattering, like we’re all devastated.”
Tim’s family, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, are now left to grieve the loss of a proud husband and father. A memorial service is set to be held on Saturday with military honors, while a GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family cover the costs of his funeral.
Life can be so cruelly unpredictable at times. Tim was simply trying to play the role of good Samaritan and it cost him his life.
Please share this is honor of his memory, and to pay tribute to a former Marine! Rest in peace, Tim.