Responders Appreciative of Help From 'Good Samaritans'

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It's what some responders say is one of the most dreadful accidents they've come across.

"Because of the number of injured, and the age of the injured probably stands out as one of the more tragic events I've been to," South Area Fire District Deputy Chief Steve Meilahn said.

Last Friday's rollover crash involved an SUV carrying 10 occupants, all minors. Before responders could arrive, passersby including Tami Jackson stopped to help the victims.

"When I got here, I was told that there was a little girl that was dead in the woods," Jackson said. "And a little girl that was here was here was screaming for us to help her."

"I just tried to help some of the kids," bystander Barbara Bostwick said. "I tried to contact their parents and do whatever I could to help calm down some of the children."

Responders did arrive to the tragic scene. Despite what they came across, they were quick to action.

"You need to put that into the background," Meilahn said. "We're trained professionals. We've practiced and have trained for situations such as this."

Meilahn says he's thankful for the help provided by bystanders before responders arrived at the scene.

"Bystanders at that crash were incredible and they need a huge thank you from all of is in the emergency services," Meilahn said.

"I hope the families know that there are so many people that are praying for everyone. Each of those kids and all the families involved," Bostwick said.

The actions of responders and some Good Samaritans stands as perhaps a silver lining...to an otherwise tragic event that many will never forget.


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