The typical stop at a Beloit Burger King turned into a visit the two teens say they will never forget. Torian Saeger and Micheal Sachs say they stop at the fast food restaurant almost daily while on their way to school. But, on Valentine’s Day, they say they noticed a woman pacing outside in distress in nothing but her pajamas and without a coat.
“We saw the girl walking around in the parking lot, stumbling around a bit,” said Saeger. “We just thought she was a little bit cold and we didn’t know who she was.”
Saeger says she and Micheal could tell the woman was in crisis after speaking with her. The two then took action — escorting the young woman to their high school and asking staff to call police. “It just horrifies me thinking that if we didn’t help her, someone could’ve just picked her up and done anything to her.”
Beloit Police posted about the incident on their Facebook page — calling the two teens heroes. Sachs says they were just doing what felt right. “I was just very shocked, it was just something we did out of kindness. We didn’t really need recognition for it.”
Sachs adds the incident has inspired him to do more for his community. He says all it takes to help someone is a little effort.
“Just go for the help, reach out to them, see what’s wrong,” said Sachs. “You can really get to know a person by talking to them.”
Saeger agrees. She says being compassionate towards others could be the cure to one’s own anguish.
“No matter if you’re in a good place or a bad place, you still have time to help someone,” adds Saeger. “It brightens your day, it puts a smile on your face that you might’ve not had.”
Michael and Torian say they hope to reunite with the woman again and hope she is doing okay.