Monday, September 15, 2008

off track

Update: Robert Avrech, over at Seraphic Secret, was kind enough to link to this post. Thanks Robert!

It's not often that large scale death and destruction comes to your own "back yard".

But on Friday, Sept. 12th at 4:23 p.m. that's exactly what happened.

An explosion, a mushroom cloud of smoke, helicopters overhead, were the first signs that something had gone terribly wrong.

I quickly turned on the t.v. to find that a commuter train had collided with a freight train.

My brave husband, along with two other selfless neighbors, were first responders. Forgetting that the train on fire could have easily blown up, they ran in the direction of danger, doing what their hearts told them to do... help save someone's child, or spouse, or sibling.

They immediately began pulling people out of the train, blocking the death, and groans and cries of people all around, in order to do what they were compelled to do.

Just regular people, who will never admit that they were heroes for a day.

I dedicate this post to:
  • the ordinary people who lost their lives just simply trying to get home on a Friday evening after a long work week.
  • the people who were injured and may have a long journey back to health.
  • the families who will never again see the people they loved.
  • the firefighters, the police, the rescue workers, the emergency room doctors and personnel, the news reporters, and the brave neighbors who all worked tirelessly to save lives.
Firefighters who had responded to the Northridge earthquake, the train disaster in Glendale, CA in 2005 killing 11 people, stated that they had never seen anything quite like this.

My husband and the others were asked to leave the scene as soon as rescue workers arrived. They came back home overwhelmed, out of breath, tears falling down their cheeks.

They came back home as ordinary heroes.


Elie said...

Wow! You should be tremendously proud.

Jack said...

You should be proud. That must have been very tough to be a part of.

reflectionsofarabbiswife said...

OY. Mitzvahs abound.

Val said...

yikes. Wonderful (though dangerous) of your husband and the others.

People are capable of great compassion and helping one another. And yet, when they do, we're suprised. Pleasantly.

Claire said...

God bless your husband and others like him. What a scary and sad event.


torontopearl said...

Instinct and compassion reigned in this case.

"Kol Hakavod" (Hebrew for "all of the honor") to your husband, your neighbors, and thank G-d they were not physically hurt in their moments of bravery...although mentally/emotionally hurts no doubt linger.

Yes, you should be proud!

Ezzie said...

You should be proud...

Shira Salamone said...

Kindness and courage at the same time. May all--victims and rescuers--be well.

cruisin-mom said...

thank you everyone, for your kind comments. This has shaken many people to the core around here. Of course, none more than the families who are grieving the deaths of those they loved.

HeyJoe said...

I will just add my agreement that you should be proud of your man, as I'm sure that you are.

... Is the Window to Our Soul said...

I echo the sentiments of everyone here. Please let him and your neighbors know that we thank them for their courage and compassion.