Letters: Compassion shown

Sooke people are compassionate and dedicated to helping others

Yesterday (July 24) my friend and I witnessed a very serious motorcycle/car accident that took place at the corner of Woodlands and Sooke Roads around 4 p.m. After seeing the collision and the severity of the accident my friend and I pulled over to assist the injured man. My first reaction was to call 911 before even getting out of our vehicle. Shortly after reaching the injured man’s side; a passerby named Genevieve, who has first aid, jumped right in and helped support the motorcyclist by keeping him still.

We collected information from the gentleman and made sure that he was okay until the ambulance arrived. Within, I would say, 6-8 minutes the fire department, police and ambulance were there. Before their arrival to the scene, many passersby stopped and asked if assistance was needed and wanted to help somehow. Individuals even stopped to help direct traffic. I was very impressed and touched by all the concern and support shown by passersby. I was also very impressed and pleased with how the emergency workers arrived so quickly.

I just want to say a great big thank you to all of the emergency workers and Genevieve who were there yesterday for their hard work, compassion and dedication to their job. Seeing what I saw yesterday definitely makes me feel a bit safer knowing that we have such good, caring people here in Sooke.

Amber McIntyre

Sooke