Letters to the Editor

Display of compassion


Last Wednesday, at 4:30 p.m., my son and I were enjoying a meal at the White Spot Restaurant at 152 Street and 17 Avenue in South Surrey on a dark, rainy afternoon.

We were distracted when the darkness was lit up with flashing emergency lights at the intersection.

A police vehicle was blocking the intersection, and we immediately thought the worse – that a pedestrian had been struck while in the crosswalk.

We soon realized, however, that everyone was fine and that one of our elderly citizens was having difficulty crossing the street in a timely manner. The light had turned red, and this person was only halfway across the street.

A police officer had blocked the intersection with his vehicle, put the emergency lights on and was safely assisting the elderly person across the street.

It was very heartwarming to witness this act of kindness.

Thank you to this officer for your compassion. Too often we see people do nothing and just go on about their day.

My son – who happens to be developmentally delayed, and has limited communication skills – is always very concerned when he sees emergency vehicles and will always ask me “what happened?”

So, as usual, when he saw the flashing emergency lights, he was concerned.

Once I realized what was happening, I told him that the policeman was helping someone get across the street.

My son replied in his limited capacity, “Aw, he’s a good man.”

Darlene Jensen & Jace Greenhalgh, White Rock



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