SAVED BY THE HAND OF GOD
When Harvey Gullon spoke to the congregation at Valley United Church on Sunday, October 27, 2002, he told how his father, the late Robie Gullon of Wallace Station, Nova Scotia, was saved from certain death by what he believed was the hand of God.
The date was November 1954. The morning was cold and dreary. Had Robie Gullon known what that morning would bring, he would certainly have also termed it frightening.
Mr. Gullon was a trucker, and this particular day would be hauling gravel from the gravel pit at Wentworth to repair the wharf at Wallace.
The Wentworth highway runs parallel to the highway passing through Wallace and the road between the two communities runs up over the Wentworth side of the Cobequid Mountain Range and down the other side to Wallace. This stretch of road is called Grant's road, a local gathering place for community shoppers.
Mr. Gullon and his partner loaded the truck and started over the mountain for Wallace. He wasn't going fast as the road was rough with pot holes. Also, the truck was heavily loaded. As he started down the hill he touched his brakes to steer around a pot hole and suddenly realized he didn't have any. He pushed the brakes to the floor. Nothing happened. He was careening down a mountain with a heavily loaded gravel truck with no brakes.
A picture of the wharf and 30 feet of water at the end of it leaped into his mind. He quickly remembered he couldn't swim if he went into that freezing cold water. His partner jumped. He thought of jumping too, but couldn't bring himself to do it as he was afraid if he did the truck would lunge straight into Grant's store which would mean certain death for the people
inside. He was terrified, and certain he was going to die when he hit the water.
He argued with himself as he lunged toward what he thought was his last few minutes. He just couldn't jump and endager his friends. Somehow, he crossed the road without impact and hit the wharf. As the huge truck lunged toward the water and certain death for him, a hand reached into the cab, grabbed him by the shirt and pulled him out. He landed unhurt on the wharf and the truck disappeared over the end of it into 30 feet of water.
He was in a state of shock as a crowd quickly gathered around him. he had just been saved from certain death. He couldn't believe he wasn't hurt. How did he get out of that truck people asked? His only explanation was by the hand of God.
Robie Gullon told this story many times in the community, especially in the Men's Club. he believed that God saved him for a purpose.
Rev. J.Allen MacIntosh was a young United Church minister in the village. He was there the morning Mr. Gullon was saved. Now retired, Mr.McIntosh remembers well of Mr. Gullon telling his story over and over again. And, he was very serious when he told it.
The incident had a profound effect on Mr. Gullon. He became a dedicated church person. He fully believed that God saved him for a reason.
This story is from my book of Strange Stories.