CHAPTER ONE: THE PARKING LOT
It was 14:20
Saturday afternoon. The Sun was shining in the September sky, and the
temperature was a warm 27º Celsius in the parking lot outside Piermont
Eric saw the
disaster happen. A tot broke away from her parents and darted between
parked vehicles. Just then the driver of a pickup truck swung the truck
door open, into the child’s face. The kid fell down and began screaming.
his pocket and retrieved his telephone as he returned to his car to get
his first aid kit. The 9-1-1 dispatcher answered just as Eric returned
to where the child lay. The driver had emerged and was apologizing
profusely. The child’s parents were horrified.
What is the location of your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.
West Dakota at Talleyville, Piermont Hall parking lot, one three five
North University Avenue, Talleyville.” Eric recited, then he stood up
to look for a section sign on one of the overhead lights.
three.” Eric continued, as he opened the first aid kit and poked around.
“What is the
nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.
ambulance. Female victim approximately three years of age has been
struck in face by pickup truck door when swung open. Child is conscious
and responsive, bleeding from nose and left eye. Repeat, request
ambulance. Pickup truck license plate Alpha Foxtrot Zulu five two
seven, West Dakota. Driver remains on the scene.”
the call, Eric cried out, “Could somebody please bring some ice cubes?”
“I have some
cubes in the freezer in my dorm room.” one student volunteered.
do us much good sitting in your freezer, now will they? Could you
kindly go get them?” Eric asked her.
woman replied, and ran to the building.
wipe up the blood, and then took another piece of gauze to hold the
girl’s nose closed to stop the bleeding. The driver continued
apologizing, mentioning that he couldn’t have seen the child
approaching. The girl’s parents spoke comforting words to her.
the woman returned with ice cubes. Eric accepted them and held one onto
the facial cut under the girl’s eye. Eric and the parents took turns
speaking comforting words, as the sound of sirens began filling the air.
the ambulance arrived, Eric turned first aid duties over to them.
“Thanks for the ice cubes.” he said. “What’s your name?”
what happened, as did the driver and the girl’s parents. Then Eric
En route to
dormitory, some classmates greeted Eric, “Good work, dude!”
at the scene and shrugged, “Yeah, I guess.”
THIRTEEN: OPERATION MOVED
FIFTEEN: THE DISCUSSION
2007 Tom Alciere