Webster defines “hero” as “a person admired for achievements and noble qualities.” But you don’t have to be a country music superstar to be a hero. Sometimes, heroes come in unexpected forms, like country music executives who were in the right place at the right time. And thank goodness!
A 10-person group of Nashville music industry executives was motorcycling to the South Dakota for the incredibly popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Among them was Marc Oswald of Oswald Entertainment Group, who works with Big & Rich; his brother Greg Oswald, co-head of the William Morris Endeavor talent agency; artist Damien Horne; Frank Wing of APA Talent Agency; and Steve Schweidel of Clearview Artist Management.
They’re “suits” by day, but on this day, their suits were motorcycle leathers.
According to Nashville’s “The Tennessean,” the group was traveling through Illinois when traffic stopped for road construction. A semi-truck that was several vehicles behind them and traveling at a high rate of speed failed to yield for the stop and plowed into a car, causing an eight-car chain-reaction collision. Mark told the daily newspaper, “I knew it was going to blow up. That’s 100-percent. It just hadn’t blown up yet. It smelled like acid and black smoke.”
Headed to Sturges and this happens right behind our crew.. about 5 cars and 2 Semi trucks.. a lady named Barb was pinned in her car.. about 15 guys pulled it away from the fire and I sat with her til the paramedics got there. As crazy as this scene looked no one was seriously hurt. Thank you God for your constant and continued protection! #motorcyclelife #caraccidents #crosscountry #sturges
So, this group of executives, who may be better known for making decisions from behind a desk, flew into action and began removing the crash victims from their burning cars. Fortunately, both Marc and Greg were former paramedics, but that didn’t prevent their travel companions from lending a hand as well.
In fact, when one woman couldn’t be removed from her car, the group, with the help of a few additional hands, actually lifted the car and carried it away from the fire to safer ground.
Incredible? You bet. Even more incredible? Zero fatalities.
We’re quick to call our favorite country stars heroes for how freely they give their time to fans who are sick or hospitalized, our brave military personnel, those in need. Heck, Blake Shelton even pulled some fellow country boys out of the mud when they got stranded, and Craig Morgan helped rescue a family from a burning home. Heroism is rampant in country music and we’re proud of that.