I was in such a hurry last Tuesday morning that instead of running back inside the house to get my “just-in-case” First-Aid bag, I decided to let it be & “get it later”…have you ever done that?
In an instant, I rationalized that leaving the bag would save me 30 seconds in dropping my son off at school on time. Getting him there wasn't the problem…I drove by the problem on the way back.
I thought it was odd that traffic so was congested on a street that normally had a good flow through it. Once I began to see the bottleneck of the lanes all converging into one & people standing by in the nearby gas station, I knew that I should probably try to get over & help out.
Once I got into the gas station parking lot, I saw that the victim was just emerging from the vehicle with the help of some by-standers but she was bleeding pretty heavily from an avulsion on her right hand…& I didn't have my gloves with me! Luckily, an off-duty LEO (law enforcement officer) named Craig had a go-bag in the trunk of his car & gloves. We helped her and gathered as much info as possible & gave report to the medics once they arrived.
It never ceases to amaze me at how so many people are willing to stand around to watch & record videos on their phones, yet don't take the initiative to help out. More importantly, it never ceases to amaze me that the one-time I decide to leave my First-Aid bag in the house, I would need it! Another reminder of what my good friend Adam Francis from Equip2Endure always says, “If you're not always prepared, then you're never prepared!” Lesson learned.
Here's a picture of the car after the Paramedics & Law Enforcement showed up: