John Spradley and Good Samaritan Aaron Lopez. --Photo by Cosmo Hadac

John Spradley and Good Samaritan Aaron Lopez. --Photo by Cosmo Hadac

Aaron Lopez is that ‘someone’

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By Tim Hadac

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Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound

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People fall off bicycles every day.

What doesn’t happen every day is someone stopping what they’re doing to make sure you’re OK.

What almost never happens is, after you’ve fallen, that same someone walking you two blocks to your house, just to make sure you get home OK.

But that’s what happened when a local retiree fell on a Garfield Ridge street on a recent Friday morning.

John Spradley was bicycling for exercise when he hit an irregularity in the asphalt near 59th and New England, causing his front wheel to spin sideways. Down he went, hitting his head hard on the pavement, scraping his arm and knee, and getting the wind knocked out of him.

A bit dazed, he got up slowly. As he did, along came 13-year-old Aaron Lopez on his own bike. Aaron was on his way home from Mass at St. Daniel the Prophet Church. Deep in his faith, Aaron is an altar server at St. John Cantius Church—where among other things, he serves at Masses celebrated in Latin.

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John Spradley and Good Samaritan Aaron Lopez. –Photo by Cosmo Hadac

Anyway, call it his daily good deed or call it living Gospel values, but Aaron was that “someone” who not only stopped to make sure John was OK, but who walked him the two blocks back to his house.

John recalled, “I told him, ‘You make sure and tell your mother about this, and you tell her she’s doing a hell of a good job raising you.’”

Anyway, when Lynn–John’s wife of 46 years–found out what happened, she took him to the emergency room at the Hines VA hospital to get him checked out. (John served in the Navy on a submarine for six years in the 1970s.) Fortunately, no broken bones.

Two days later, Aaron and his mother stopped by to check on John—who offered to give the boy a reward. Aaron politely declined.

Quite a kid, right?

Aaron does well in school academically and plays youth soccer. He’s undecided about high school, but St. Laurence is a possibility.

As for John, he’s at home and recovering from his wounds—but in good spirits as he celebrated his 71st birthday last week.

He grew up in the neighborhood, graduating from Kennedy High School in 1970. After the Navy, he made a career in real estate, both with the old Garfield Ridge Real Estate and with Archer Realty West.

Aaron is the son of Eddie and Ana Lopez, who are doing a great job raising him, as John and Lynn Spradley say without hesitation.

So do I.

And I’ll bet you do, as well.

Way to go, Aaron. Please keep it up.

Mark your calendar

  • Children are invited to a “touch-a-truck” event set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Wentworth Park, 57th and Narragansett. No admission charge, and boys and girls will be able to get an unusually close look at police and fire vehicles, construction equipment and more.

The fun is sponsored by 13th Ald. Marty Quinn, State Rep. Angelica “Angie” Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd), State Senator Mike Porfirio (D-11th) and the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch.

  • If you sell craft items and want to be a part of one of the area’s best Christmas craft shows, now is the time to reserve your space at Two Holy Martyrs’ 9th Annual Holiday Extravaganza, set for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Sharp Center, 5940 W. 62nd St.

Booth fee (no chairs) is $40. Table fee (two chairs) is $45, and electricity fee is $5. For details, contact Taura Basulto at (708) 634-6748 or send an email to thmvendorfair@gmail.com. My thanks to Lara Hess for sharing this information.

That’s all for now. Always pleased to share the news of Clearing and Garfield Ridge. Just call me, and I’ll work with you.

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