Monday Mission, 2/23/09
One week ago, Price and Ann Hightower, long-time residents of Birmingham, were in a terrible car accident near Sylacauga. An 18-wheeler crossed the median and struck their car head-on. Mr. Hightower was killed instantly. Chris Goree, a December graduate of Samford, and Caitlyn Cota, a current student, were first on the scene. They pulled Mrs. Hightower from the car. Chris shattered the driver’s side window, breaking his wrist in the process, as he tried to reach for Mr. Hightower. Caitlyn dressed Mrs. Hightower’s wounds, talked with her, retrieved her purse and used her cell phone to call a family member. Caitlyn climbed aboard the ambulance with Mrs. Hightower, proceeding to the hospital in Sylacauga. Chris followed, and they remained with Mrs. Hightower until family members began to arrive. They remain in touch with members of the Hightower family.
Those who show mercy prove themselves to be neighbors.
The world is better because of Chris Goree and Caitlyn Cota.
ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.