In the car yesterday, a fire truck was screaming up the street, sirens blaring, coming my way on a four-lane street, the busiest in L.A., Wilshire Blvd.
Everyone in all lanes pulled as far to their right as they could, which is the law here….I don’t know what all the laws of the country are for firetrucks and ambulances.
I saw all these cars on their way somewhere, and how nobody thinks twice of quickly pulling over the minute they hear the sirens, waiting until the emergency vehicles with their lights flashing have passed by and then proceeding.
It gives me hope. Do you think it’s mostly just following the rules so you don’t get a ticket? Is it not wanting to get hit? Or is it recognizing the gravity that necessitates emergency people saving someone as fast as possible? Is it kindness…caring about the person needing help?
I am always cheered by this phenomena that seems to go against everything some think about the American Spirit.
As an aside, I have a friend who was raised in her church school to always say a prayer when she heard sirens for the person being attended to. A few years ago, she was driving home only to hear sirens and fifty years of habit led her to pray. She found out within the hour that her husband had died while out with his caretaker, of chocking at a restaurant, where the paramedics couldn’t save him. He had advanced Parkinson’s disease. Her praying and later finding it was her husband has never left my memory.