Sunday, May 24, 2009

"That Others May Live"

"That Others May Live" is on the emblem of the finest men and women to wear the uniform of our armed forces and in no way to I equate the events of today to their mission and sacrifice. I am very proud though that there are other Americans who who jump in on the civilain side to help others.

As we drove back from visiting a relative in poor health, we saw a tragic site. Some motorcyclist were riding side by side behind several cars. As the cars slowed down to take the exit the motorcyclist found themselves too close and one of the bikes went down on the interstate and flipped. We immediatly pulled to the side and ran to help. Car after car stopped and people jumped out to render assistance. One man ran into the interstate and directed cars away from us as we held pressure and held the motorcyles passengers neck in line. Another man ran into the road to save the motorcycle's driver who in his post concussion was walking right into the traffic. All told we had at least 10 people there is less than a minute. There were 4 nurses including one from our trauma center, 2 physicians, an off duty EMT and three others who risked the high speed traffic to help. EMS was there in a few minutes, the same gentleman who ran into the interstate to save the driver directed the traffic to clear a lane for the ambulance. The rider and his passenger will be OK, rain will wash the blood off the road and others will go home after putting their life on the line to save anothers.

1 comment:

SeaSpray said...

Wow! They were fortunate people..all things considered as it could've played out very differently.

I think it says a lot about you and the others who have medical licenses, that you risked a potential lawsuit given the litigious climate in our nation.

Even so.. couldn't imagine not stopping to help someone in need.

And as you pointed out..possibly risking your lives, stopping and getting off on a busy roadway.

You and the others were HEROES. :)

It's comforting to know that there are people who will go out of their way to help someone else.