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Neighbors, Friends Help Out Hero in Need

Posted March 3, 2007

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— A Johnston County man saved a woman's life and made others better. Now the hero needs help, and friends and even strangers are repaying his favors.

Ted Smith was hurt in a freak accident a month ago while helping a neighbor remove trees. Doctors said he probably won't walk again.

Ted will, however, come home again. Dozens of neighbors, friends and friends of friends are making the home he shares with his wife, Kim, wheelchair-accessible.

“It's amazing,” Kim Smith said to WRAL. “Friends come together when something of this magnitude happens, I guess.”

Ted Smith's friends are hustling to get the house ready. He hopes to be home in about two weeks.

In the meantime, he's had plenty of visitors at the hospital, including a woman whose life he saved three years ago. One of her relatives is now one of Ted's nurses at WakeMed.

“He was just like an angel to me,” said Beverly Lockhart.

In January of 2004, Lockhart's car crashed into Crabtree Creek. Ted Smith stopped and pulled her from the icy water flooding her car.

“You got to do it” he said at the time of the crash. “I just hope somebody would do it for me.”

Now, people are coming to the rescue of the rescuer.

“He would do it for me,” said neighbor Wayne Benson. “Ted's a great guy. He helps everybody in the neighborhood.”

Now it’s their chance to repay the favors.

“We can't come up with words to thank everyone,” Kim Smith said. “But they are amazing.”

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  • Lizard Paw Mar 4, 2007

    parr4246,,,that's why idiots keep being elected to public office because of people like you that are so out of the loop (or loopy). If government did less then there would be more stories like this. God will use his people to take care of one another. Gov't doesn't accomplish this very well. One party can be counted on to grow the gov't "responsibility" to take care of people all the while things are in place to do it already. Which party is that do u think?

  • Lizard Paw Mar 4, 2007

    ya'll check out this story,,,,http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1221297/

  • JoCoGrl Mar 4, 2007

    Thanks for this great story. Thanks to all those involved in helping this man.

  • North Carolina Native Mar 4, 2007

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ted and Kim and we hope you continue to show improvement.

  • Pistolla blue_stater Mar 4, 2007

    i don't think i could say it any better than Scarecrow, Warden, AUSERN, elmziab, and bethtrn. It is true stories like these should run more often. i would use you reap what you sow, instead of karma, though. i know it is usually a negative term but ole Ted here proves that there are good people, who do good things, that we would never know about, until tragedy strikes. Ted emboldened me by this.

  • Scarecrow Cow Mar 3, 2007

    This made me tear up! It it so beautiful and heartwarming to see people come together to help others like this. I wholeheartedly agree with everyone who says that WRAL should continue to post these types of stories.

  • Warden Mar 3, 2007

    A wonderful amount of truly compassionate and good-hearted efforts being rewarded accordingly. Thanks for publishing this, WRAL!

  • EricaSliver Mar 3, 2007

    In a world of self-absorbtion, it's refreshing to see people who genuinely care, come together for the good of this special man. Karma, baby, Karma!

  • elmonziab Mar 3, 2007

    It is always good to see people come together as one and help out one who is in need. May God bless all of you.

  • jetset Mar 3, 2007

    This is so heart lifting!! I wish Mr. Smith the very best. God bless everyone who is trying to help too.