DENVER (CBS4) – A former rideshare driver is cast as a hero after helping a passenger in danger. It all happened in 2019 and on Tuesday Denver Police and the Daniels Fund honored him with an award.
More than two and a half years later, Ariel Bogue and Grant Gannon are making up for lost time. For both men, Tuesday marked the first time they had been together since the frantic night they met.
“He was the person who saved my life,” Gannon said.
In 2019, Bogue was working as a Lyft driver and picked up Gannon in downtown Denver. Once outside his apartment complex near 31st and Brighton Boulevard in RiNo, Gannon was attacked by a man he said he had never seen before.
“A car pulled over and a guy got out of the car and just punched him in the face,” Bogue said.
According to Bogue, Gannon was immediately knocked unconscious and the suspect drove off into the resort’s parking lot. Although there were people nearby, no one stopped to help.
“I started asking other people for help, but nobody wanted to help me. Everyone was ignoring me, so I decided to call 911, an ambulance came and took him away,” Bogue said.
Two days later, Grant woke up in an intensive care bed with a traumatic brain injury and brain bleeding, which required doctors to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure. He has since made a full recovery and said doctors praised Bogue’s actions.
“They told me over and over again that if I didn’t come into the hospital at that time, if the ambulance wasn’t called at that time, I wouldn’t be here today” , Gannon said.
Police said that without Bogue, they wouldn’t have the suspect either. The detective in charge of the case said Bogue provided a statement containing information about the suspect, then identified the suspect, who was later charged with second and third degree assault and pleaded guilty.
On Tuesday, the department and the Daniels Fund honored him for this heroism and help by presenting him with the Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award, which recognizes members of the community who go “the extra mile” to help others.
“It’s a reminder for all of us to step up when asked and do what’s right,” Chief Paul Pazen said.
Bogue no longer works as a rideshare driver and has since moved from Denver to a town in the mountains. Along with the award, he also received a check for $1,000, which he said he would use to invest in his rap career.
“I was just doing what was right, expecting nothing in return,” Bogue said.
“If he wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Gannon said.
“My life was in his hands and I’m grateful for everything he did,” he added.