SYRACUSE – A man from Syracuse is getting a lot of attention from around the globe after taking action to stop a high-speed chase over the weekend.
The scene unfolded at Founder’s Park near 200 West and Antelope Drive Saturday evening when Bryson and Brandy Rowley heard sirens approaching.
The couple was visiting the park so that their kids could ride their bikes.
When the stolen car speeded into the parking lot along Antelope Drive, the Rowleys thought the chase might be over.
That’s when the driver jumped the curb and raced across a grassy field in the park, narrowly missing several kids.
“I was terrified,” said Brandy. “That car came within feet of hitting a child.”
The driver of the stolen car disappeared into an adjoining neighborhood on the other side of the park, but the chase didn’t end there. Brandy said the car came round again, and then took off again into the subdivision.
By the third time the car came speeding back toward the park, Bryson had had enough.
He jumped into his 2008 Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup truck and took action.
“He wasn’t going to get the kids,” said Bryson, who took off and pulled in front of the speeding car – allowing the driver to hit him head-on.
That’s when Davis County Sheriff’s deputies caught up and arrested the troubled teen.
Luckily, neither the boy nor Bryson were hurt in the impact (video below).
Since the story of his selfless act has gone public and people around the world have seen the video captured by Brandy on her cell phone, Bryson is humbled by the response. Hundreds have posted positive comments on the couple's Facebook profile.
“It’s world wide,” said Bryson. “Norway, Canada; literally everywhere."
Many have called his act “heroic,” but does Bryson consider himself a hero?
“I don’t feel that way,” said Bryson. “I was just doing what needed to be done.”
His wife may not agree.
“I’m just so proud him,” she said. “I’m not surprised. He’ll do anything to protect our kids and kids in the neighborhood.”
Two local businesses have recognized Bryson’s selfless actions, and have donated parts and services to get his truck fixed. West Valley Car Star sent a rental car to the Rowley’s home and towed his truck away. Diesel Sellers also donated parts to help repair his truck, which sustained front end and steering damage in the crash.
The Rowleys have been married 15 years and have three children. They have lived in Syracuse for 5 years. Bryson works for a rail car repair company in Tooele, while Brandy works as a nurse for Thatcher Brook Rehabilitation Center and an instructor for the Touch of Class Dance Studio in Layton.