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Belleville teen’s act of kindness gets noticed

Belleville teen helps stranded motorist; praised on social media

Aubree Taylor, 19. of Belleville talks about how he helped three women stranded at a gas station. One of the women - Hallie Beattie of Sparta - posted about his good deed on social media. The post has been shared thousands of times.
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Aubree Taylor, 19. of Belleville talks about how he helped three women stranded at a gas station. One of the women - Hallie Beattie of Sparta - posted about his good deed on social media. The post has been shared thousands of times.

Aubree Taylor is a busy 19-year-old juggling two jobs, college classes and studying for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. However, he wasn’t too busy to stop and help three women stranded at a gas station in Belleville.

Taylor was heading home from his job at McAllister Deli in Fairview Heights on Sunday night when he stopped at the QuikTrip near downtown Belleville to get gas. He noticed the three women who seemed to be having car trouble and offered to help.

After trying to jump their car with no luck, Taylor called the Advance Auto Parts store on Carlyle Avenue to see if they had a new battery that could fit in the car. They did. Taylor offered to drive Hallie Beattie, of Sparta, to the auto parts store.

Thank you Aubrey Taylor for proving that stereo typing people, is so wrong!! Not a thug, not up to no good after dark... coming home from the college and stops to help 3 stranded girls, and made sure we were on the road safely to home before he left us.

Hallie Beattie’s Facebook post about Taylor’s act of kindness

Taylor, who is black, said Beattie, who is white, was hesitant at first, but he convinced her he had no ill intentions by sharing a lot of information about himself. “I gave her my whole background,” he said.

They traveled to the auto parts store, and Beattie purchased the new battery. Taylor’s kindness didn’t end there. He installed the new battery and also checked the oil before they parted ways.

Beattie shared Taylor’s good deed with others through a post on the social media site Facebook. In just a few days the post has been shared thousands of times and received a lot of positive comments.

Beattie’s post said in part: “Thank you Aubrey Taylor for proving that stereotyping people, is so wrong!! Not a thug, not up to no good after dark ... coming home from the college and stops to help 3 stranded girls, and made sure we were on the road safely to home before he left us.”

Taylor is taking all the attention in stride. He has received more than 200 friend requests on Facebook from people all over the world, including Australia and Canada. “I didn’t expect any of it,” he said of all the attention. “All I did was a good deed.”

I didn’t expect any of it. All I did was a good deed.

Aubree Taylor, a 19-year-old who helped three women stranded at gas station

Taylor is a 2014 graduate of Belleville East who is in his second semester at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. He is currently studying for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test, and plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Force.

Taylor’s father Roy Taylor retired after 24 years in the Air Force. His mother Jackie Taylor works at T.J. Maxx. Taylor has four siblings.

In addition to McAllister, Taylor also works at Chick-fil-A near SWIC.

Taylor said his parents Roy and Jackie Taylor and counselors at the youth center at Scott Air Force Base taught him well when he was growing up. “I’ve always known to help people,” he said.

Taylor is also outgoing. He described himself as “loquacious.”

“I love talking to people,” Taylor said.

He says being talkative has helped a stutter he has had since childhood. He took speech therapy from pre-kindergarten all the way through senior year of high school.

“I just want to help out and give back to the community,” Taylor said.

He hopes to stay in touch with Beattie, who has offered to take Taylor out on all-terrain vehicles in Randolph County.

After Taylor helped Beattie, he said she asked for his mother’s address so she could write her a letter about how she raised a gentleman.

Taylor encourages others to offer assistance if they see someone in need.

“You would want someone to help you,” he said.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

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