Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Random Acts of Kindness

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A FALL AT TROLLEY STATION LED HIM TO HELPING HAND

Returning home from an overnight stay at my father's house in Green Tree, I hopped a trolley on the T line in Dormont.

Knowing that a transfer would be necessary in Castle Shannon, I paid the fare and headed to the "Blue Line" platform. A casual conversation with one of the other commuters, however, resulted in a near-disastrous accident.

Having lived in Swissvale for the past 25 years, I was not well- familiar with the T system or the flexible yellow pylons that line the platform. Thinking that these posts were rigid and could support one's body weight, I leaned back on one while conversing. I started to fall and grabbed at the pylon, but I landed like a ton of bricks six feet down on the tracks and gravel.

The young gentleman I was talking to immediately asked my condition, which was "dazed and confused." He reached down and helped me to my feet while asking about my state of being.

To have a stranger show such compassion and offer assistance renewed my faith in mankind and probably saved me from the imminent danger of a trolley dismemberment. After I slowly returned to the platform at Willow Station, a trolley almost immediately arrived.

This fine young man suggested I visit the closest emergency room for a checkup, and he bid me good luck. An acquaintance-turned-good- friend drove me to the hospital, picked me up, fed me and let me stay at his house for the night.

I was diagnosed with only a seriously bruised shoulder, neck, left arm and thumb. I suppose all the help I received would probably happen in most cities, but this random 'Burgh thing certainly renewed my faith in good Samaritans.

DONALD PRESCOTT

Bethel Park

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