Help In Times Of Falls And Stalls
Wednesday - April 23, 2008
I’d like to send a great big mahalo to Honolulu’s underappreciated heroes, our paramedics. In particular, Sue Archer and her partner, who rescued me when I slipped and broke my leg on a hill at Kaena Point. As I lay on the dirt track in shock and a great deal of pain, many people in vehicles drove by, but only one asked if I needed help. Fortunately, Sue and her partner got there fairly quickly, stabilized my leg and kept my spirits up on the ride to the hospital. Many thanks also to the great people at Wahiawa General and the firefighters who hoisted me onto the stretcher for the bumpy ride to the ambulance. I am so grateful to all of you.
Sue Archer, who’s been a paramedic for 22 years, says some of your thanks goes to Joe Domingo, her ambulance partner that day. “When we got the call, we were afraid it was a long way into the trail,” she says. “But Jennifer had just started her walk when she got hurt. Even so, the fire department was needed to carry her out over the uneven terrain. We were just doing our job, and Jennifer was a very pleasant patient.”
I lost my footing and went flying, landing on my hands and knees at the entrance of the Kaimuki municipal parking lot. In an instant, a woman just passing by was at my side. I couldn’t move. I had aggravated my bad back, so she stayed with me, shielding me from on-coming traffic.
A Federal Express driver came over to help. I was so stunned that in the confusion, I may not have thanked them properly. I didn’t realize I was bleeding. At Bea’s Hairstyling, they found two Band-Aids and a stain-remover packet. Lillian offered me the use of a gown so I could wash my blouse. It was Team Rescue in action! Much APPLAUSE to all you wonderful people. God bless you for caring.
Bea Hara, owner of the hair salon, says it was the least she and Lillian Nariyoshi could do for you. “She came in and looked like she was really hurt. Actually, Rose is an old friend. I’ve been doing her hair for 10 years. She’s a really nice lady and we were happy to help.”
My car stopped responding on the freeway just as I was getting to the airport at 8:30 p.m. I barely managed to park it in the emergency lane before it came to a complete stop. I looked around and waited, hoping to get someone’s attention for about 5 minutes, but it was too dark. As I was walking toward the nearest entrance ramp to get some help, I heard someone calling. I turned around and saw a tow truck and a man waving in my direction. It was Elton Sniffens from Sniffens Auto Express. He said that he noticed me looking over the wall from his shop and guessed that I needed help. He came to my rescue, allowed me to use his cell phone to call my boyfriend, who was waiting for me at the airport, towed my car all the way to my mechanic’s in Kaimuki, and waited for my boyfriend to get there with a taxi to pick me up. Elton was my savior that night, and he deserves a huge APPLAUSE for acting so promptly and courteously.
Daniel Sniffens, Elton’s younger brother, is the owner of Auto Express. “We’re located right below the viaduct where her car stalled,” he says. “We saw her looking over the ledge, and Elton said she seemed to be in trouble. We didn’t know if she had already called a tow truck, but Elton decided to ask anyway. That’s the way my brother is. It’s not just a professional thing; he personally wants to help.”
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