A few years ago, a call for a rollover with entrapment. We arrived on scene to find a van on its side with 4 civilians frantically trying to lift the van up using tire jacks. We soon realized the driver had unfortunately been partially ejected and had non-life sustaining injuries. A tragic outcome but an amazing show of compassion… Drivers passing by coming together to try and save a stranger. This call did not have a happy ending but the effort I saw that day from the passerbys has stuck with me to this day.
A few years later I had the opportunity to vacation in Las Vegas. Traveling with 2 of my best friends, one a police officer, the other a career firefighter, both also volunteers firefighters with me, we headed to dinner one night while there and the following events unfolded. As we were dining in this fancy upscale restaurant a disturbance caught our attention from across the restaurant. A woman was having a seizure and her husband and friends were frantic as she convulsed and dropped to the floor. The 3 of us realized what was going on and rushed over to the table to help. A doctor who was also dining there stepped in to help. While rendering aid and at the same time comforting her husband and friends, I noticed something. The other diners directly next to their table were carrying on as if nothing was wrong. Asking for towels and napkins, they ignored the requests. A quick glance even revealed disgust at the woman seizing and us as we were clearly ruining their dinner… I pondered on this for a few weeks and eventually forgot about it.
Fast forward to this afternoon. A medical call for a seizure in a local shop in town. As I pulled up, a police officer was also pulling up, jumping out of his cruiser, he ran into the shop with me to attempt to render aid while the other EMS units were still responding. Finding the victim in the back of the store, every shopper and worker was around the victim helping as best they could.
I have been able to see a glimpse of the best and worst in people, and they have all had something in common. It’s simple and anyone can do it. It’s free and it’s easy. It’s GIVING A SHIT! Pardon my French but we all have 2 choices, look the other way, or help each other! Your choice.
If everyone in this world paid it forward, we would all be better for it.