With just a split second to act, a Savannah man working at an auto shop saves the life of his boss's 8-year-old son.
This all happened when a pickup truck started rolling with no one behind the wheel at the Atlantic Car Customs shop on Montgomery Cross Road last Friday. The hero is still in the hospital.
"At the last minute, Sonny didn't really have a way to move. It was either my son, or Sonny,” Atlantic Car Customs owner Nook Rasamee said. “And Sonny just pushed, the truck was coming from behind. They didn't even see it coming."
Wayne "Sonny" Boyce, Jr. has worked for Rasamee for about six years, and his boss said he’s always been dependable. But Rasamee said now, in his eyes, that dependability is on a whole new level.
"If Sonny wasn't there at the right place, at the right time, I don't think my son would have made it,” Rasamee said.
After pushing Rasamee's 8-year old son out of the way, Sonny took the brunt of the Ford pickup’s weight. Despite that impact lacerating his liver, puncturing a lung, breaking ribs, several vertebra and his hip, Sonny's sister said he hasn't lost his sense of humor.
"He's like, ‘I found out I'm allergic to something.’ I was like ‘Yeah, what?’ He said, ‘Ford trucks.’ And I was like, ‘I don't think that's appropriate right now,’" Sara Boyce said.
Boyce said her brother insists the selfless act was something anyone would have done.
"Everyone's going up there saying, ‘You're a hero. You're a hero.’ He's like, ‘I just did the right thing. Does that make me a hero?’ He doesn't want to be called a hero," Sara said.
Sonny has physical therapy and more time in the hospital ahead, but his sister is thankful that his girlfriend has been there with him the whole time.