WILLIAM NANGLE: Emergency responders can be counted on

2014-01-28T00:00:00Z WILLIAM NANGLE: Emergency responders can be counted onBy William Nangle nwitimes.com
January 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

When tragedy strikes, emergency responders spring into action.

Nowhere was that proven truer than last week with the massive pileup on Interstate 94.

Fire and emergency medical responders came from near and far to help.

This type of response is what makes us feel safer — aware there are those who know what to do in a time of crisis.

Well, by a far smaller scale I, too, found out last week what a relief it is to have emergency responders come to your aid.

I needed to travel from our Munster office to Merrillville. I was told the Borman was a mess and U.S. 30 was like a parking lot.

So, with a clear sky overhead in Munster, I decided to take to the back roads — probably safer. I was wrong.

I soon found myself in a whiteout on Broad Street south of Griffith. Nothing to do but travel slowly and carefully.

What happened next I can hardly recall. It happened so quickly.

My SUV, apparently hitting a bit of piled snow, slid across the icy road and into a deep drainage ditch.

Luckily, I had my seat belt on as the SUV rolled onto its side, coming to rest in water at the bottom of the ditch.

As I sat there, it struck me how quiet it was, but that spell was broken as a passing motorist scaled the ditch to ask if I was injured. I wasn’t.

In what seemed like only a few minutes, the police, firefighters and EMT responders were on the scene.

In a calm, experienced manner they determined the way out for me was through the windshield. And so, lying on a board, my rescuers lifted me over the steering wheel and through the opening that had held the windshield.

As they carried me to the top of the ditch, I couldn't help but think how well the rescuers had accomplished my extrication. It was obvious they were trained and acting from experience.

I am thankful for their help. I, too, now know what it is like to be rescued.

I didn't get their full names, but Steve and Mike and others from the Schererville Fire Department earned my gold seal of approval that day.

They certainly proved when tragedy — big or small — strikes, emergency responders can be counted on to save the day.

To those who came to my rescue, I offer a sincere thank you.

William Nangle is executive editor of The Times. He can be reached at The Times, 601 45th St., Munster, IN 46321 or at bill.nangle@nwi.com.

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