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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:52 pm

Letter to the editor

Dec. 19, 2012

To the editor:

’Tis the season! We are all scurrying about with many things to be completed. On Monday, after work — doctor appointment, mail off Christmas packages, hooray! A meeting at 6 p.m. Need to hurry by store first. Then, a wrong step on ice and things changed. I flew to the ground, hitting my head quite hard.

A gentleman stopped to ask if he could help. I heard him but couldn’t focus enough to respond. Concussion? Perhaps. He stayed, and continued to request help and a call to 911; others stopped to assist. A thoughtful woman placed her own gloves on my hands and sat on the cold ground behind me, allowing me to lean on her. Others asked questions; was I understanding? The cold actually felt good; I was beginning to focus again. Fred Meyer staff gave support, and the Fairbanks Fire Department arrived. I was moved via wheelchair into the store — the jewelry department, sweet! As I tend to see myself as being so independent, a product of aging perhaps, I became embarrassed first and then angry with myself for being in too big a hurry. However, though not expressed fully at the time, I knew I was very fortunate to have such caring people around, folks who didn’t even know me.

After a discussion with fire department personnel and feeling pretty good, I chose to finish errands and got to the meeting, though late. I had been advised of symptoms to watch for and to call 911 if problems arose during the night.

But rather than dwell on the fall and worry about internal bleeding, I found myself reflecting back on all those folks. I didn’t get or remember all their names, but I see them in my thoughts and will be forever grateful. So many stopped to help a stranger, taking time from their own busy schedules. They all had things to do, places to be, yet they stayed with me.

I hope the Fairbanks Fire Department, the Fred Meyer staff and the wonderful Fairbanks residents will please accept my sincere “thank you.” I am most appreciative and humbled. Merry Christmas and joyous holidays.

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