Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good

My 18 year old brother, Marshall had an...interesting experience that has really lead me to think and reflect the past few days. To explain the situation I'm just going to quote from my Dad's e-mail:
" Holly and I were waiting for him to get home from a trip to Lake Powell with some friends yesterday. They were supposed to get in around 6pm and we were still up waiting at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning.
It turns out that their fun trip to Powell had a very traumatic ending as they came upon a horrible accident in Emery County. People were asking if they had any medical training and it so happened that one of Marshall's friends is a certified EMT, but has not had any real-world experience to speak of. He suddenly became the "expert." A family and some friends towing two trailers ended up flipping their vehicle at full speed. Marshall and his friends helped pull the husband from the wreckage and administered CPR to him and the two fatally injured children. Unfortunately, all three ended up dying at the scene. It was a very horrific scene and I hate to think of these young men having to deal with it. Of course it's even worse to think about the poor mother, siblings and friends who survived."

Every time that I try to actually imagine Marshall and his two friends being in this situation and kneeling on the asphalt in the middle of no where, telling this poor woman that her husband and children are dead and but still doing all they can to help them, I am overwhelmed. It was up to these three 18 year old boys to help this family and I cannot even fathom how it must have felt. I am amazed at these boys and I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father put them there at the right time in order to help this woman and a few other survivors. While, I don't think that it's something that anybody, but especially three teenage boys, should have to face- I know that it was a good thing for them to go through and face and that above all Heavenly Father does have a plan and He always knows what He's doing- and it has a purpose.

Also, it made me extremely grateful for my amazing family and it made me realize that I should never take them for granted.


Em said...

Wow, what a rough experience. Make sure everyone keeps their heads up for signs of post-traumatic stress, very common.

Cam said...

These kinds of reality check moments in life do indeed cause us to pause, take stock of our own situation, and double check out readiness to be called upon to "help other people at all times" or be called home unexpectedly ourselves.