Seeing Angels After Hitting A Curb
Wednesday - August 03, 2005
I was on my way to my office, crossing South Beretania in front of Times Super Market next to Grace’s Inn. As I hastily walked in the crosswalk between the first two cars, I realized that a van was heading toward me, fast, through the third lane! There was no time to think. I jumped forward, diving as far as I could. I landed hard on the curb. Dazed, I rolled into a sitting position, with blood dripping down my nose.
I found myself looking into the eyes of the first “angel,” whose name turned out to be Jade Montana. She was driving by with her friend, Teviot Fairservis (the second angel), whom I knew because she worked for a few weeks in my office. Jade, who is trained as a nurse, came quickly to check me out while Tevi called my office and an ambulance. Someone ran into a nearby restaurant to get a napkin to help stop the cut on my nose. Another lady who is a nurse stopped by; I didn’t get her name, but when she saw that I had ample help, she continued on her way. Soon, people from my office were there. One in particular was the third angel, Chris Jones. By that time, the police were there. They wanted to know if I wanted to file charges against the van driver. I was perhaps a little too dazed to think clearly, but since the van had not actually hit me, I decided not to press charges, so the van driver, who had stopped, was allowed to leave. The ambulance crew came and took me to Kaiser.
Throughout the rest of the day, angel No. 3, Chris Jones, stayed with me. I needed more tests at Kaiser Moanalua so Chris took me there in his car and waited for my release — six hours later. I think he qualifies for angelic overtime!
Everyone was very nice to me during this whole unfortunate incident. I am a relative newcomer to Hawaii, having only arrived last August. I feel indeed fortunate to have had so many angels at hand on such short notice! Besides the angels whose names I know, there were many others whose names I don’t know. I at least wanted to nominate these three angels for your consideration!
“I’m so glad it wasn’t much worse,” says Teviot Fairservis. “I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw a man tumble down on the curb. I thought he had been hit by a van. I jumped out of my car and it turned out to be Bob, who I knew from work. Fortunately my friend Jade Montana was with me. She was visiting and looking for a job in nursing here. We’re all so grateful he’s fine.”
My daughter usually rides her bike to school, but one day her dad picked her up early from school and she left her bike in the school bike rack.
A few days later I realized her almost brand new bike was missing. It was not in the bike rack and we assumed it had been stolen. I called the office at Ka‘elepulu Elementary and much to my surprise the clerk said, “Sure we’ve seen it. It’s right here in the office.”
Mr. Randy Ishida saw the lone bike sitting there early in the morning, put it in his van and delivered it to the front office. Who would have gone the extra mile for a child he didn’t know? Please give him a public round of APPLAUSE for helping out in his community.
“I thought it was strange that a brand new pink bike would be sitting out in the open,” says Randy Ishida. “There was a new helmet dangling from the handle bars and there was no lock.
“All I could see in mind’s eye was a little girl crying and I knew I couldn’t let that happen.”
(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)
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