Local landscapers stop to help people involved in accident along I-475

SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (13abc Action News) - For K.C. Ahlers and Claire Gainok it was all about being in the right place at the right time.

"I saw people that needed help, and I just immediately reacted to that," said Ahlers.

The two were on their way to work at A&J Landscaping Monday when they came across the accident on I-475 in Sylvania Township. As traffic kept moving, the co-workers say they knew they had to stop and help.

"People were hurt," said Ahlers "It's the right thing to do. I was raised that way that if anybody needs assistance--if anybody is hurting--to stop and offer assistance."

Troopers say 24-year-old Precious Douglas of Toledo was driving southbound on the interstate when she struck an SUV with two adults and a 3-year-old inside.

"I grabbed my EMT bag out of my van [and] ran out," said Ahlers. "[The] first question I screamed to the three that were standing on the side is, 'Is everybody alright? Anybody open wounds?'"

While Gainok tended to the family standing on the side of the road, Ahlers used his skills as a former EMT to help the other woman trapped in her car.

"I forced my way into the back door, climbed inside, basically did what I was trained to do," said Ahlers.

Despite his best efforts to save Douglas, troopers say the 24-year-old died from her injuries.

"It definitely breaks my heart to hear that she had passed," said Gainok. "I was really hoping and praying that she would make it through."

While some may call the two heroes, they say they were simply doing what they felt was right.

"We're not heroes," said Gainok. "We're good people just trying to look out for one another. [We're] just trying to have everyone's back as much as we can."

"I'm not a hero," added Ahlers. "I'm just somebody who's trying to make this world a better place one person at a time."