Aid and comfort |

Aid and comfort

I am a fairly recent transplant from the Bay Area, working in Nevada City and living in Penn Valley. Once, in San Jose, I was involved in a bad car accident in the middle lane of 280 during rush hour. Though my car and the car of the person who hit me were totaled, the lanes of traffic on either side of us never slowed below 60-ish. No one cared in the least. Luckily, a highway rescue truck happened by and escorted us off of the highway.

Yesterday, on the way to work, I happened upon the unfortunate accident on 20 with the overturned car. It seemed to have occurred only moments before, as it would be almost 10 minutes before the emergency response vehicles were able to arrive.

I watched a several community members began to “work” the scene. It was wonderful and heartwarming. Like professionals, they immediately divided up the responsibilities, some providing aid and comfort to the victims, others expertly directing traffic, and still others contacting authorities. Not only did they do these things, but from all appearances, did them very well.

I want to congratulate them, thank them, and say what a pleasure it is to live in a community like this.

James Aaron

Penn Valley

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