KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At 87 years old, a Kansas City icon is still devoted to helping and serving others. Former mayor, Dr. Charles Wheeler, was in the right place at the right time Monday afternoon and didn't hesitate to help a woman in need.
Dr. Wheeler was leaving a St. Luke's medical building when he saw a group of people gathered around a woman on the ground having a seizure.
"When I have a seizure I usually know when it's going to happen, so I just told my son to sit down and I sat down," explained Jamie Struss.
Struss has epilepsy. She was leaving a doctor's appointment when it happened. Her husband went to get the car and she went down.
The seizure attracted a lot of attention, but it was the hand of Dr. Wheeler that touched Struss the most.
"He was just very calming and he made sure I was on my side, covered my hand with his and asking me questions to keep me alert, letting me know my son was okay," said Struss.
Dr. Wheeler said he was doing what's been in his blood his whole life, helping someone in need. For Struss, it meant a great deal 'how' he helped.
"He got on the floor for me, knowing he would need help getting back up, and he did that to help me and that is just something that means a lot to sacrifice that type of thing," said Struss.
She sent an e-mail to FOX 4 hoping to get in touch with Dr. Wheeler. When we reached out to him, he agreed to meet with Struss in person.
"It was very nice what you did for us what you did for me, very much wanted to say, 'Thank you,'" Struss said to Wheeler.
Dr. Wheeler said the lobby was full of people and he came in at the end. He got down on the ground and grabbed her hand.
"I wanted to feel if it was warm, what her pulse was." said Wheeler.
Little did he know that gesture would have such a huge impact.
"Doctors are trained to do that, they say do no harm, great motto for medical profession," explained Wheeler.
Struss and her husband had no idea who the older man in the bow tie was, but now, he's someone they'll never forget.