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Angels Among Us

by Dikla Kadosh

May 3, 2011 | 11:53 am

Jared Sharon was driving on the 101 on a rainy March afternoon when he lost control of his car, flipped three times down the side of the freeway and landed upside down. He was bleeding profusely, but was conscious. He turned to God, praying for help.

And help arrived, in the form of three strangers, who rushed to help the 71-year-old Jewish chaplain. This story, which you can read on the San Luis Obispo Tribune website, gave me such a good feeling that I wanted to share it with the community.

As I read it, I thought about what I would have done if I had witnessed the car crash. Would I have stopped or just dialed 911? Would I have stood at the top of the embankment, shocked and paralyzed, not knowing what to do? Would I have had the courage to run down to help Sharon, not knowing what dangers were involved, and what terrifying decisions I would have to make? The responsibility of saving a life is an enormous one with a dark flip side: failing to save a life. Could you carry that burden with you forever?

I doubt these three strangers took a second to ponder these weighty issues. They saw a human being in danger and they simply acted. God bless these heroic human beings—these angels who walk among us.

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