Letter: Inspired by strangers' kindness at crash
Published 10:11 am, Friday, April 18, 2014
While I was on my way to a doctor's appointment during my lunch hour on April 11, I witnessed a two-car collision at the corner of Post Road and South Pine Creek Road. I immediately pulled over, took out my cell phone and called 911 to report it. As I got out of my vehicle to check on the drivers, both of whom were still sitting in their vehicles, the first police officer arrived -- within a minute of my 911 call!
Wow, I thought, what a terrific response by our police department. And how lucky that the officer was in the vicinity, because one of the drivers indicated to me that he thought he was hurt. The Officer got out of his vehicle and immediately went to both cars and checked out the conditions of the drivers. It impressed me that this officer cared for the condition of the people first and foremost.
Knowing they were in trained, experienced hands, I took a moment to look around and I see first hand how much caring and compassion there is in our town of Fairfield. I was not the motorist to pull over. Many others did, too, including a man driving a Marlin Electrical truck in front of me. He got out to check on the people involved. Others came out from stores, restaurants and gas stations -- all to see if help was needed. Many had their cell phones to their ears, calling for help.
And low and behold, just about all traffic in the area STOPPED! Not the usual maneuvering to get around the accident scene and hurry on their ways but stopping, even just for a little while so people could come to another's aid! Not often seen these days.
I left the scene shortly afterwards, still making my appointment on time mind you, and was overcome with happy tears. What a show of various acts of kindness by strangers I just had witnessed. It touched my heart and soul!
Every day we read and hear bad news, complaints, crime and destruction. Today I wanted people to read something warm and uplifting about the people in our town and learn a lesson from what I saw. Next time you witness an accident or crime, stop and offer help -- or just stop and let others attend to those injured. Someday, it might be you or one of your loved ones in that car who needs help and compassion.
Thank you to all those "strangers," or shall I say "caring and compassionate fellow citizens," who stopped, who helped and who called 911. I hope you continue to respond to people in need. I plan to, and I hope many others will as well.
Chrissy Staron Boccamazzo