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Letter: Grateful for those who serve and protect

Regarding the July 21 article “Colorado remembers theater massacre:”

When I read this article, I thought of what happened to me a few years ago. This story addressed the fast action, as well as the empathy, police officers demonstrated to the people they were trying to help. How they worked tirelessly to find and save the victims at the movies in Colorado five years ago.

Somewhat longer before this happened, I had my own experience of being helped by a kind, caring police officer. I’d awakened feeling ill and knew that I was having a bad attack of vertigo. Everything was spinning in the room and I was so sick. I managed to get into the bathroom and began vomiting. I told my husband to call 911 and tell them I was having an attack of vertigo. Soon a police officer came into the bathroom and told me in a gentle voice that he was going to help me. He picked me up from the floor and put me on a gurney that was in the hallway. So gentle and so kind. When I was placed into the ambulance, he told the EMTs’ to take good care of me. They certainly did that. Then we were on our way to the UIHC emergency room. At every bump in the road, the EMT beside me told me where to expect bumps as we neared those places.

I can’t say enough about the kindness, skill and empathy of police and EMTs. I’ll always remember their kindness and concern. Thanks to those good people who serve and protect us.

Bobbie Paxton

Iowa City


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