Thank You for Tragedy Responders

When a tragedy occurs, each human responds according to the Tragedy Responder that lives within them, which dictates their role among other humans.

Scenario:

A car carrying four people crashes on the freeway at midnight. 

One person is killed instantly, one is dying from injuries, one is in shock, and one is thrown from the car.

Four cars stop at the scene.

One driver approaches the dead person with a video camera.

One driver approaches the dying victim with medical supplies.

One driver grabs a flashlight from the glove box and starts searching for the victim who was thrown from the car.

One driver stands next to the shock victim with a cell phone, calls 911, and watches the other drivers.

The one with the video camera is recording the results of a tragedy to share with others.

The one with the medical supplies is dressing the wounds of the nearly dead.

The one with the cell phone is calling someone else but is not looking at the victim in shock.

The one searching for the survivor is not equipped with anything but light and hope.

If you were the fifth driver to stop at this scenario, what would you do?

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~ by leakelley on August 16, 2008.

2 Responses to “Thank You for Tragedy Responders”

  1. Elevate the shock victims legs, and cover him/her up with everything warm I could find, see if the person dressing the wounds needed help, then grab my supplies and extra flashlights from my car, pass them out to as many people as possible, ask the one on the cell phone to keep the shock victim warm, and then join the search for the missing person. While praying.

  2. I’ll describe what I did at one situation similar to the one in your example, where I was indeed in this manner of speaking a 5th witness. The victim, a young woman, was a pedestrian struck by a car on Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica, CA. Other people arrived first & started doing all of the essential things, including coping with the elderly, severely distraught driver of the car which struck the person. Obeying the rule that injured persons can most safely be treated or moved in even a slight manner only by medical workers, no one was doing anything for or with the still, seemingly unconscious but silently breathing victim. I got down on the pavement, touched one of her hands very lightly, put my mouth close to her ear & spoke quietly, intimately & precisely about what had happened, stating that expert professional help was already rushing to the scene, & furthermore conveying my belief that the injuries were neither fatal nor permanently disabling. – This sounds mechanical, but there was a deeper, more important message in the sound of my voice, which perhaps the reader can imagine. Insofar as I know the woman heard nothing I said. She’d been knocked into the air by the collision & landed perhaps 20 feet from the point of impact.

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