After accident, man meets stranger who helped save his life

AP News
Posted: Nov 27, 2015 10:17 AM

BURLINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident this summer has had a surprise reunion with the stranger who police say helped saved his life.

NBC Philadelphia reports ( that Rufus Graham met Walter Rives on Wednesday.

Rives was driving in Burlington at the same time that Graham lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a metal road sign. The former NASA guard stopped to apply his belt as a tourniquet after Graham's leg was severed.

Police credit the tourniquet that Rives applied with helping to keep Graham alive.

Graham was outfitted with a prosthetic leg last week. His girlfriend set up the surprise reunion because Rives was back in New Jersey to visit family for Thanksgiving.