In the Right Place at the Right Time

In the Right Place at the Right Time

Published February 16, 2021

In the Right Place at the Right Time
Anthony “Andy” Knopp, center is pictured with D. Keith Meadows and Julia Jones.

Anthony “Andy” Knopp (N960) was headed to work on a cold, rainy morning in December when he saw an older woman walking along the side of the road. He had a bad feeling, and decided to turn around. And it was a good thing he did.

“I feel God just kind of puts you in the right place at the right time,” Knopp said.

After he asked the woman a few questions, he realized she showed symptoms of dementia. After a few failed attempts to contact the woman’s family, Knopp called 911 and waited with her until the police arrived.

A few hours later, Knopp received a call back from the 911 dispatcher letting him know that the woman had made it home safely. That night, Knopp’s wife came across a Facebook post from the woman’s daughter thanking the man who had come to her assistance.

“Thank you to the incredibly thoughtful and kind man who found my mother walking in the rain early this morning. I so appreciate you contacting the police and waiting with her until they came. This was quite a surprise and it could have had a very negative outcome. Thank you again,” the post said.

This wasn’t the first time Knopp has been in the right place at the right time. Earlier last year, he was honored with an On-the-Spot Ethics award for helping a motorist who had experienced a medical emergency.

“If something doesn’t feel right, it takes two seconds to stop and check on somebody,” he said. “I’ve spent most of my life in the shipyard, and it’s kind of bred into you to have integrity and always do the right thing.”