Local folks special
A SHORT time ago I was confronted by an event that reinforced my view that the folks in this town are just a bit special.
Cut to the scene: It appears that a chap had collapsed alongside his car in the car park adjacent to the bank and a lady passing by noticed and stepped up.Read more
I don’t know her name but she was one of these quiet impressive people and what must have only been a few minutes later, as I was over the road and saw her standing over someone lying on the ground, I went over to see if everything was OK.
That very calm and capable lady had done all that was necessary; she had correctly diagnosed the problem, taken corrective action, had it all under control and by then one of our ambulances was on the way.
This essential service is of course staffed by fantastic unpaid volunteers.
What happened over the next half an hour was remarkable; staff from the bank and other businesses came out to see what they could do, an off-duty ambulance officer and his spouse turned up and played a wonderful role while the ambulance was on its way.
Another chap noticed that there was a dog in the back of this chap’s car so he opened the window to calm it and allow fresh air to the animal.
Staff from Heartlands Veterinary Hospital turned up and took care of the dog, passers-by found towels, blankets and tissues to make things more comfortable for this poor chap and then the ambulance arrived.
The professional, calm and very, very caring officers took control and with the assistance of the folks there, they lifted the chap onto the gurney and then off he went to hospital.
Somewhere in all of this the lady who was first on the scene just drifted away – her job was done.
She was impressive and the genuine concern of everyone who turned up to help a chap that nobody knew was apparent; it was an amazing demonstration of the caring community of which I am proud to be part.