Good Vibes with Jason Pullman!

August 13, 2019

Time for a feel-good story to help you brighten your Tuesday! #GoodVibes

What happened when Sergeant Seth Craven's flight was canceled on his way to see the birth of his baby…?

He was hours from seeing his son’s birth when the flight was grounded, but some amazing strangers gave him a lift! 

He initially took off at 6 a.m. last Monday from Kabul, Afghanistan, where he serves with the West Virginia National Guard. He flew to Kuwait and then to Philadelphia, where matters grew complicated.

He was just supposed to connect with a Wednesday flight to Charleston as his wife was scheduled for a cesarian delivery at 5:30 am on Friday, but storms caused a cancellation. Craven stayed overnight in a hotel near the airport and was supposed to catch another flight at 10 a.m. Thursday. 

Craven and other passengers were on board Thursday morning and getting ready to taxi when a maintenance issue required returning to the terminal. After about half an hour of remaining seated on the plane, everybody got off and went back inside. 

Somehow his story reached fellow passenger, Charlene Vickers, who was also in a time crunch trying to fly to Charleston for a Healthy Hoops program. Her car was parked at the airport, so she offered Craven a ride with her two fellow employees and they began the eight-hour drive with Craven riding shotgun. 

Charlene Vickers

Craven was extremely grateful for the ride and the company. The group pulled up at his house in Cross Lanes just past midnight.

His 9-pound, 8-ounce boy, Cooper, was born early Friday morning. All went well.

“Luckily we had a healthy little boy and Mom’s healthy. If it wasn’t for Charlene I never would have made it,” Craven said. “All she wanted in return was pictures of the baby.”

Craven says he only got about six or seven hours of sleep during his week of travel around the world. But it was worth it for the birth of his son, aided by strangers.

This story just proves that there are genuine and caring people in the world that just want to help others.