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Faith in humanity was restored

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Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:00 am

I'm writing because I saw something that renewed my faith in public humanity.

On the corner of Wimbledon Drive and Hutchins Street, an accident occurred. A woman and her small son were in a vehicle that was struck by a volunteer van. The accident was pretty bad and on a busy street; however, when those who witnessed it all came out to assist.

The city of Lodi was doing construction, as were some men from a construction company. These gentlemen ran to the scene without hesitation to render assistance. They stayed with the child and the young woman who were injured. The men ran back to their work trucks, obtaining paper towels and what-not to stop the bleeding on the little boy's head, and stayed there holding the child and consoling both mother and son. The humanity and concern was an amazing sight to behold. There were plenty of witnesses who stayed by the crash site and rendered assistance, for once.

In today's hustle and bustle, I am often appalled by the lack of humanity and concern we show for one another — whether neighbor or stranger. I was very proud of the community, to see that those tenants at the Wimbledon Square apartments, the city utilities employees and the construction employees take the time to be there when our community family was in need.

I see so often the stories of when we are not there for our fellow neighbors, but this chilly and breezy day these men were there, without second thought. They assisted in getting everyone safely out of the vehicles and maintained calm throughout.

I would love to see these gentleman recognized for their self-initiative and concern for those in the accident. They never once hesitated as I watched them all run to assist and scramble to help in anyway necessary. The compassion was a welcome sight, as I am so used to seeing people just walk or drive passed without even a second glance sometimes.

I just wanted to extend my gratitude to these great members our community!

Theresa Galano-Burkett


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