Once in a while – and we never know when – we find ourselves in circumstances that compel our intervention. While these scenarios do not always leverage the functional capabilities we have all trained for, they most certainly demand the mental confidence to jump in and help, which is the underlying mission of CERT training.
Such was the case for William Ingram during his commute home from work on July 15th. As he tells it:
On my way home from work Friday [June 15th] I had to call 911 for a person in a car having a seizure. I come home Eastbound from Coppell on 121. The traffic was pretty slow as usual for a Friday after work. We had gotten up to about 45-50 MPH in a stretch when I noticed the car ahead of the one in front of me slow down dramatically and enter the median. They were slowing going towards the far side barrier wall and driving very erratically. I immediately slowed down to see what was going on, got over to the shoulder and put the warning flashers on. I knew the driver was having some sort of medical issue as there was no reason to try to cross the median as the barrier wall prevented that. The car hit the wall slowly and then it started to head back into my side of traffic. I sped up because for a moment I thought I was fixing to have to use my truck to stop that car from rolling into 50 MPH traffic. Thankfully it turned back towards the wall and hit it again coming to rest. I pulled over and immediately started running to the vehicle. Others on the westbound side could see what was going on too and over (6) cars on that side stopped to help. By the time I got there others had reached the person first so I backed down and stood in front of the vehicle and called 911. The driver was flailing his arms and head around uncontrollably having a seizure. I gave 911 the location of where we were at but at that time of day to get to us would be difficult. Police were headed there first and I could see then trying to get to the incident. 911 heard the sirens and said I could now hang up.
I took a picture of the scene as I walked away back to my truck. As the Adrenalin wore off I got to thinking that over (10) cars had stopped to render aid to this stranger in need. I reacted instantly to see what was going on and was prepared to use my personal truck I dearly love to stop a greater accident from happening. Seeing that many strangers do the same thing as I did was very comforting. It is good to know that there are so many good people in this world that would do what I witnessed Friday afternoon. I left there knowing that person in need was getting the attention he needed and First Responders were on the way.