As a resident of Wake Forest, I feel I have a vested interest in the reputation of our public servants. I thought this feedback from a local resident might be of interest to you and your publication, as we find ourselves trying not to view our first responders with concern and even suspicion.
The following situation took place last week here in Wake Forest and hopefully is indicative of the character and intent of our first responders:
On Friday, Aug. 26 at around 2 p.m., I was attempting to wrap up a yard maintenance project, centered around trimming the trees and shrubbery in my yard. Even though I had begun the task in the coolness of the morning, the heat index was nearly 104 degrees, (later discovered) which turned out to be the hottest day of the year.
I thought I was drinking enough water and moving cautiously, when without warning I found myself flat on the ground gasping for air. I made it into my garage, to lie down on the floor out of the sun and cool off. After a few minutes, I realized my shortness of breath and rapid heart rate was not normalizing, so I summoned a neighbor to call 911.
Since both of the locally based EMS teams were out on call at the time, a fire truck from Station No. 3, manned by firefighters Robert Weatherford, Nick Tart and Melvin Wesley, were first on the scene. They immediately jumped into action with coolness and confidence, applying ice packs and taking vital signs. Through questioning and taking personal information, the first responders began to suspect that I had fallen victim to dehydration, that can sometimes sneak up on anyone with serious consequences.
After a few minutes, an EMS team from North Raleigh arrived on the scene and took control of the situation. The EMS team continued to monitor my vitals, while administering a saline solution to regain normal functions. I began to promptly recover and chose to just rest inside my home (now that my wife had arrived) rather than be transported to the hospital.
Later in the evening, I ventured outside to collect my tools and ladder, that I assumed was still scattered over the yard, along with several piles of tree and shrubbery trimmings. To my surprise, all of my equipment was stored neatly in my garage and all of the trimmings and cuttings had been picked up. I immediately called my neighbor, who had been present during the untimely episode, to thank him. But, he admitted that he was not responsible for the good deed.
He went on to tell me that the Wake Forest firefighters had wrapped up the project (perhaps so I wouldn’t be tempted to resume the work after they left). I must admit I was more than a little overwhelmed by their actions (keeping in mind the temperature was still hovering over 100 degrees at the time) that were well above expectations.
I fully believe this incident to be indicative of the caliber of individuals that have accepted the responsibility of serving and protecting the residents of the town of Wake Forest.