Letter to the Editor: The kindness of strangers

On June 23, while riding my bicycle, I fell while turning from Shawnee Road onto Union Church Road in Milford, coming down hard on my right hip and, although I didn’t realize it at first, fracturing my pelvis.

I had experienced similar falls in the past and had always been able to get back on the bike and ride on, so when passing drivers asked if I needed help, I said, “No, thanks. I’m fine.”

When it became apparent that I wasn’t fine, two drivers stopped. One was a man accompanied by a woman I presumed was his wife and the other was a woman with a passenger who might have been her daughter.

It was a hot day, and the man got a folding chair out of his SUV and an umbrella, so I could sit while he shaded me with the umbrella. I had forgotten my cell phone, so he let me use his to call home.

My wife, seeing an unknown number, didn’t pick up, as is our practice. The woman offered to drive to my home, knock on the door, and tell my wife what had happened and lead her back to where I was. I accepted. About the time they arrived, the ambulance they had called got there and I was loaded on and taken to the emergency room. I wound up staying in the hospital and in rehab for more than two weeks.

I am home now and recovering and will be forever grateful to the people who stopped to help. In the press of events, I didn’t get their names. I do not often rely on the kindness of strangers, but it was fortunate that they were there when I needed them. There are some very good people in this world.

Robert Carroll

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