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This story does not.
While visiting the Trinidad and Tobago Express website today, I read an article that struck a chord with me.
The paper reported today about an incident in which a homeless man saved the life of Narendra Maharaj, after Maharaj's Mercedes plunged off a bridge and fell twenty feet into the waiting river below.
According to the article, the homeless man, who's name is Derrick Lee Pack, lived under the bridge and saw the accident take place. After running for help, Pack realized he didn't have time to wait for rescuers to arrive on the scene, so he waded out into the river, and with a piece of iron he had found nearby, pulled the driver to safety.
Here's an excerpt of the story taken from their site:
Lee Pack said he saw the accident happen.
"I was waking. I was sitting, talking to my woman when I hear the bang. I saw this car skating through the railing (of the bridge). It was in the air. It kept breaking up the iron (bars) until it stop. Then the car just fall off the bridge".
Lee Pack said before the car hit the water, he was already running to help.
"I seeing no response. I tell myself them people dead if they don't get out. So I decide to run by the NP Quik Shoppe to get help", Lee Pack said he met a paramedic who accompanied him back to the river.
"The fella (paramedic) was calling for the police and fire people. He tell me I have to do something because the driver still in the car, upside down".
By the light of a street lamp, Lee Pack said he waded into the river.
"I had a piece of iron. The driver was trying to come out. I tell him hold on the iron, because the gas was leaking and he was starting to panic."
Lee Pack said he was fearful that the car would sink before they could get out of the river.
"I had to leave my shoes in the mud but I end up pulling him to the bank. He was complaining he had a back pain. But I surprise he wasn't complaining he would dead instead."
When I read the story, I felt compelled to to show respect to Derrick Lee Pack, who's act of bravery probably saved the driver's life.
What makes the article interesting to me, however, is the story of Pack. Again, an excerpt taken from the story:
Lee Pack returned to his shack last night.
His home was lost in a fire two weeks ago. With no money, he and his wife have lived under the bridge during the day, spending nights in an abandoned freight container near the river.
They lost everything in the fire that destroyed the apartment they rented.
Lee Pack said the last thing of value he owned was his steel-tipped boots which were lost during the rescue.
How can I not feel sympathy for Pack? Not only did he save someone's life, he lost the only thing he owned, which wasn't much. Here's how the story ended:
|A barefooted Lee Pack said he had to continue living near the bridge "because me and my lady get displaced. That fire burn up everything we had. I have no job and nobody to help. But we have life."
Most people might read the above statements and not care. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those people.
That's why I'm going to do everything in my power to find our friend Derrick. I might not have enough money to buy Derrick a new house, but I do have enough to buy him a new pair of steel-tipped boots.
I'll keep you posted.
[UPDATE: We have now established a fund for Derrick Lee Pack and have started accepting donations. If you'd like to learn how you can help, click here for more information.]
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