A story about strangers helping strangers

3 Aug

Today’s blog is about community.

My story begins last Saturday morning around 11 a.m., when my husband and were riding our bikes on Rt. 250 north of the village. Just before we reached where the Hojack Trail crosses the road, I hit a pothole and went head-over-handlebars onto the road.

But that’s not what this story is about. It’s about the people who took the time to stop and help.

A large group of Genesee Valley Hiking members was crossing 250 as we approached, and when I went down, several of them immediately scurried over. Sandy, a nurse, called 911 while Stacey stood a few feet down the road slowing traffic. As we waited for the ambulance, Sandy even offered to transport my bike back home.

Those were the only two names I got, but there were others there ready to step in if necessary, not to mention all the drivers who slowed and asked if we needed anything.

This was not the first time I’ve seen this kind of community response after a traumatic incident. But it did confirm for me something we too often forget, especially in times like these when so many awful things are happening: there are more good people in this world than bad. People who are willing to stop whatever they’re doing to help a stranger in need.

And don’t worry about me; I broke my elbow but it would have been a lot worse had I not been wearing a helmet.

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4 Responses to “A story about strangers helping strangers”

  1. Karen August 3, 2020 at 11:19 am #

    I hope your elbow heals quickly!

  2. Karen Strong August 3, 2020 at 11:58 am #

    Always great to hear a positive story. There are good people, but the media only tells us about the bad ones. That’s just sad.

  3. Pat Sweetland August 3, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

    and many of us are glad you were wearing that helmet! Hope you heal quickly. And stay away from Barry’s for a few days. Rest and let your body heal. Thanks for sharing the whole story. We love you!

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