Here’s to angels and seat belts |

Here’s to angels and seat belts

Dear Editor,

Last week I was in a one-car rollover accident just outside of Carbondale. I hit a patch of ice on the bridge by the fish hatchery, spun around, went off the right shoulder and then flipped upside down. It was the scariest time of my life.

An angel named J. Wahl, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, was behind me when this happened and immediately put on her lights, called emergency personnel and then came to make sure I was OK. She stayed with me as I was hanging upside down by my seat belt, and kept talking to me until the ambulance arrived.

These guys were angels in action. They finally got me out of the car and into the ambulance and checked me out to find only a small cut on my little finger.

I heard a couple of conversations about where they were when the radio went off and I was humbled to think these people left the warmth of their homes with families and dinner on the table just to come out and help me, a virtual stranger. And I think most of these guys are volunteers. Now what’s up with that?

The nice lady in the ambulance said she is moving to Montana and asked where I was going to volunteer since she was leaving, and the lifeblood of the valley is volunteering. She named off a few good causes, like KDNK, Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center and the firehouse, and I want her to know I took her challenge seriously. I am definitely asking where I can be of maximum service to my fellow man. I do not foresee becoming an EMT or an ambulance driver, but that’s OK `cause there are lots of other things to do.

I do believe that if it were my time to go, I would have gone, and that would have been OK because none of us will get out of this alive. But it wasn’t my time, so I guess I have more work to do, and I get to stick around and play some more, so let’s get on with it.

Thank you to all the angels who helped me that night, and to all the angels in my life (especially my wonderful husband, Tom). I am blessed. And if it were not for angels and seat belts, I just may not be around to tell this story.

Patti Neuroth


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