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“Call 9-1-1!”
hollered my husband
as he rocketed out
our front door.
“A car flipped!”

I was
barely awake.

I dialed.

The operator
asked me what
service I needed.

“Um, police?”

I gave
my location
before hanging up
and stepping outside
to check on my

I heard
someone screaming
as people converged
to flip the car
right side up.

I ran to my husband,
still foggy from sleep,
and saw a young woman,
barely conscious,
sprawled across
a lawn, and a
nurse neighbor
hunched over her
telling people
what to do,
and from
what distance
to do it.

I called 9-1-1
again: “Not police!
We need paramedics!”

Police and
paramedics arrived
quickly, and as I stood
watching them do
lifesaving work,
surrounded by
neighbors who’d
banded together
to help, I
that maybe
this really is
an okay neighborhood
after all.


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  1. September 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Hope so too

  2. Paul
    September 4, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Great story Deborah. I find that people will often band together to help in time of need – Americans do that globally too (ref last post). See how great they really are at their cores. But some would physically hurt each other and steal to get money – even though those same ones would be the first to help in an accident or bad situation. It is a mystery.

    • September 4, 2016 at 6:23 am

      We’ve had many problems in this neighborhood. While they don’t disappear because of this, they do certainly lend a different kind of insight.

      Your last couple sentences mirror something Anthony was saying last night. We were both groggy and wired; I had a hard time tracking. Reading his post this morning helped clarify it a little.

      May the helping side win more and more!

      • Paul
        September 4, 2016 at 6:34 am


  3. September 4, 2016 at 5:50 am

    People can be as amazing as they can suck. I am glad it was amazing people that this lady had around her to help her.

    • September 4, 2016 at 6:24 am

      I’m glad they stepped up for this. The car was smoking; before the car got turned right-side up, it looked like the story could go a very different way.

  4. Dan
    September 4, 2016 at 6:02 am

    What a traumatic experience. I’m glad to hear people banded together to help; I don’t know if I wouldn’t be a bag of nerves myself! Hope the woman will be okay. There might be some update in your local news.

    • September 4, 2016 at 6:26 am

      I didn’t hear the crash, having just fallen asleep. I was only there peripherally, but Anthony was a bundle of nerves (though it didn’t show until after he was done managing the situation the same way he’d manage a set).

  5. September 4, 2016 at 6:06 am

    I hope that everything will go well.

  6. September 4, 2016 at 6:41 am

    When you most need it astonishing things can happen. Good luck to the lady and i bow to your neighbourhood. 😇

  7. September 4, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Sometimes terrifying things happen for a reason and this time it brought your neighborhood together. I really hope she is okay.❤️

  8. September 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Sounds like a little more than just an okay neighbourhood! It’s wonderful when people come together in times of need. I hope the young lady will be alright too. 🙂

  9. September 4, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Emergencies bring out the core of people. I’m so glad your neighbors came together to do what needed to be done to help someone in need. And I hope that young woman is ok.

  10. September 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I’m amazed and surprised how quickly people will put aside differences to help one another. Color, religion, nationality, all disappear and we only see a fellow human being. Wish it didn’t require something tragic to happen for that to happen.

  11. September 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I hope everyone is okay, you and your husband included.

  12. September 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you.
    The reminder that people can be caring, generous and kind is a message we need to hear much more often.
    This role model benefits us all.

  13. September 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I hope she’s okay too – and go you for waking up so fast! 🙂

  14. September 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I realized as I ran at top speed to a flipped car two days ago that my knee has healed. No one was hurt, not even my knee.

  15. September 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I will hold her in my thoughts…

    • September 5, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      I haven’t been able to find anything on her since then.

      I hope she is–and remains–okay.

  16. September 5, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I love this! I think in general this is who we are….it’s just all the other stuff that gets in the way. Some days I don’t want to tune in to the internet, or the tv, or any media….instead just interact. 🙂

  17. September 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Wow – how scary! And how wonderful that you, Anthony and the neighbors rushed to help without thinking. I really do believe that most people try to do the right thing. Except when they don’t.

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