Good Samaritan with troubled past: I’ve changed

William Byrum said his past is always on his mind

William Byrum during an interview at KOIN, Sept. 10, 2015 (KOIN)
William Byrum during an interview at KOIN, Sept. 10, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who came to the rescue of a woman in trouble along I-205 over the weekend is responding after his past was brought to the forefront.

William Byrum was convicted of domestic abuse and spent 18 months in prison. But he said he’s paid his debt and continues every day to be a better person.

“I’ve hurt a lot of people emotionally, bad relationships, stupid crap, and the only thing I can do is try to be a better person and live this life one good step at a time,” Byrum told KOIN 6 News.

On Saturday, Byrum and his friend saw a man hitting a woman inside a car in Vancouver.

“I was trying to talk to him, you know, trying to reason with him but he seemed pretty loaded,” Byrum explained.

During the confrontation Byrum said the suspect continued to hit the woman. That was the final straw.

“That’s when we were done,” he said. “I grabbed him and we tussled a little bit and we got back towards the side of the bridge.”

Byrum subdued the man until police arrived.

Now he worries about the man he wrestled to the ground.

“I hope he stops and thinks and gets some help,” Byrum said. “Man, he’s 26. I was wasting my life at 26. I’m 31. It goes quick, man.”

He can’t erase his past but he would like to be judged in the present.

“Everytime I stop I know my past is a potential topic of the situation,” he said. “I’ve resolved myself to what I’ve done and I’ve made amends so I can continue to do good things.”

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