So This Just Happened

by Scott Creighton

After writing my latest article about Malala, I was finally able to take my dog Church outside for a short little walk. He’d been begging me to go out while writing and he obviously really needed the relief.

So we go out and it’s just starting to get a little dark down here in Tampa and we usually only go out in the front yard for a bit then off to the back yard for him to do his important business. And I notice up the street a little way, something that looks like a lump on the sidewalk in front of a wheelchair parked next to a dumpster.

My eyes aren’t what they used to be and I couldn’t figure out what it was. Turns out after a closer examination, it was a man lying on the sidewalk.

He wasn’t moving. I tried saying something to him and he didn’t respond. Didn’t move a muscle.

I was without my cell phone so I returned with Church back to the house and called 911.

After a few minutes explaining that I didn’t know if it was an emergency or not, they put me in touch with Fire and Rescue and I explained to them what I saw. They asked if he was breathing and I told them I couldn’t tell but he still hadn’t moved an inch since I first saw him.

Less than 5 minutes later a rescue truck pulled up accompanied by two officers from Tampa PD.

I don’t know exactly what happened. Whether the man was intoxicated or in distress.

I do know they talked with him and established something was wrong because they stayed with him for 30 minutes or so until an ambulance arrived on the scene at which time they helped the man onto a gurney, gathered his belongings for him and loaded him carefully into the vehicle.

At no time did they seem belligerent toward him or treat him with anything other than respect. At least not that I could tell.

I stayed in my home, not wanting to get involved in someone else’s business anymore than I already had, but from what I could see, they treated him well and were taking him to get some form of help.

In these times when everyone is writing about one mishap after another involving police and civilians, I thought it might be nice to remember 9 times out of 10 the police across this country do their jobs and do them well, with courtesy, respect and professionalism.

I don’t know what will happen to the guy but I know for a fact he’s better off going to the hospital than he was lying on a sidewalk next to a dumpster.  What kinda shocks me is he seems to have been there for a little while and I was the first to call someone to check on him.

It’s nice to remember these days that for most police professionals out there, “to protect and serve” is more than just a slogan, it’s a mission statement. I’m not saying there aren’t those out there that don’t see it that way. I’m just saying there are clearly many who do.

The fire and rescue team and the cops who responded to that call this evening helped that man out. They literally picked him out of the gutter and got him the help he needed, whatever that might be.

Anyway, thought you might like to know.

8 Responses

  1. I’m really glad you saw that. I personally have never seen police acting the way they do in so many Youtube videos, and I’ve seen a fair number of police. When I was a teenager, I’d been harassed once or twice simply for being out late and being young, which in a rural town is enough to make you suspicious, but never anything threatening.

    • I’ve had good and bad experiences with them. Had one lie on the stand against me before and had another tell me “that’s the ugliest bong I’ve ever seen” as he walked out the door with a wry little smile on his face (summer between freshman and sophomore years in college). I’ve had them point guns at me and another give me a high speed escort back to my home in Charleston SC. at 2am. For the most part my experience has been positive but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t cover the stories of when some of them don’t act the way they should. by the same token, I figured it’s only fair that I cover this example of when they did right by that guy. Who knows, they could have saved his life. least they got him out of the gutter.

    • Last Sunday, Stanley, I was out walking the dog in the park. I walk him off the trail, away from foot traffic. A guy across the street was out mowing. The dog hunched up and did his thing. The guy stopped his mower, yelled over at me like an authority, “Clean that up!”

      I looked over at him and gave him the finger, like I used to do to the cops, back when they would order you down, then take you down if you stayed standing, rather than shoot you down, like they do now.

      As the sun was going down last night, here, in NW Iowa, I was just starting my Tuesday night route. Had the Twins/Rays game, live from Tampa, on the radio. Scott was there, in Tampa, at about the same time, out with his dog, getting that guy that help.

      It’s truly a strange, strange world we live in—full of marvels

  2. Another story about Scott : yesterday late morning, I drove my 26 year old little Festiva car to his place and he went with me to the grocery where he put me in one of those riding grocery carts (love that thing)…. I needed about 5 items and he helped me get them in my buggy,,,,, then we stopped at his place for a while. When I was leaving, he walked around my car, checking out (by sight) my tires. (Scott seems to have a 6th sense about things),,,, one tire was almost completely flat. So, he took it off… plugged it with some sort of stuff and drove his car up the block….. and put air in my repaired tire….when he was preparing to put it back on my car, he checked out the entire tire and noticed one side was splitting apart…. so, he had to take out my ‘donut’ spare (while complaining that the ‘thing’ was probably dry rotted, having been in my car 26 years)…… and he put it on my car after he had to go put air in it. All this on a very hot day. We then drove about 7 blocks to a place that sells very cheap new tires (for cash) and they put the new tire on your car for free, Well, between the 2 of us, we had exactly $45 which was what it cost. We were the only customers at the time and it only took about 15 minutes.
    My point… if I had left Scott’s place, that tire would have gone completely flat and I would have been walking…. I probably would have had a heat stroke….
    he saved my life yesterday also… bless his heart…..
    thanks, Scott…. and my little car says ‘thank you’ also…. !!!

    • all I did was what I was supposed to do. Saw someone who looked like they could be in some kind of trouble and called the people who are supposed to give them assistance if they need/want it. That’s it. That’s all I did. The people that helped him are the ones to be given any credit for it.

      As for your car… get your rich (or at least much better off) son to get you a new one. He owes you that and more. Prick drives around in a new BMW, he could afford a ride for you at least built in this damn CENTURY!

  3. Thanks for doing that, Scott.

  4. AUG27/2015

    Heads Up! HB 1328 Legalizes Weaponized Drones for Cops In North Dakota

  5. Ah human goodness: so relieving to see because it seems so rare… Thank you Scott🙂

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